England [Marylebone Cricket Club] tour of Australia, 3rd Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 31, 1970 - Jan 5, 1971
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
31 December 1970, 1,2,4,5 January 1971 (5-day match)

Match details


Toss - England, who chose to field
Series - 7-match series level 0-0 (1 abandoned)
Umpires - TF Brooks and LP Rowan
Close of play
  • Thu, 31 Dec - day 1 - no play
  • Fri, 1 Jan - day 2 - no play
  • Sat, 2 Jan - day 3 - match abandoned
  • Sun, 3 Jan - rest day
  • Mon, 4 Jan - day 4 - cancelled
  • Tue, 5 Jan - day 5 - cancelled

Match Notes


General
    • Rain prevented play starting as the players were entering the field. A conference between the Australian Board, the MCC Manager, and two MCC Officials lead to the match being abandoned and replaced by a limited overs match which was later recognised as the first ever ODI.
    • The MCC tour schedule was rearranged to include an additional Test at Melbourne on 21,22,23,25,26 January.
    • Whilst the Australian Board of Control recognised this match as an official Test to be included in match statistics, nearly all statisticians around the world do not do so.
 
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