Andrew Strauss looks to the heavens as rain curtails the first day's play, South African Invitational XI v England XI at East London, December 9, 2009 © PA Photos

  • Dec 9, 2009

    Paul Collingwood made 27 not out before the rain arrived © PA Photos

  • Dec 9, 2009

    Kevin Pietersen fell shortly before lunch to leave him short of match practice © PA Photos

  • Dec 9, 2009

    Alastair Cook started brightly but England lost three wickets in the first session © PA Photos

  • Dec 9, 2009

    Andrew Strauss departs early, caught behind off Charl Pietersen © PA Photos