England v Australia, 1st NatWest ODI, Headingley September 6, 2013

Heavy rain forces abandonment

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England v Australia match abandoned

The first match of the one-day series between England and Australia was abandoned without a ball being bowled as the rainfall in Leeds refused to relent. After several inspections by the umpires, usually accompanied by umbrellas, the game was called of shortly after 1.30pm, more than three hours after the scheduled start time.

The poor weather had been forecast and puddles were already forming on the outfield by the time the toss was due to be held. The teams had to be on the field by 3.22pm for a 20-over contest but prospects were looking bleak long before then. The second ODI will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday.

England were due to field an experimental side, after resting five regular members of the ODI squad. After a disappointing Champions Trophy and defeat in the Ashes, Australia secured their first international win of the tour during the subsequent T20 series and were aiming to beat England in an ODI for the first time in six attempts.

This is the second consecutive Headingley ODI that has been rained off, after last year's West Indies fixture was abandoned, and the third since 2009. Despite a largely dry summer, the first day of the New Zealand Test in May was also washed out.

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  • John on September 7, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 7, 2013, 9:22 GMT) That's another reason why I hate the rain. I don't mind a bit of tidying around the garden but I'm certainly no expert and the good thing about lack of rain is that it brings gardener snobs' gardens more down to the level of my garden

    @Ragav999 on (September 7, 2013, 10:39 GMT) Apologies then if I misinterpretted your comms. Having said that I do feel fans are particularly unlucky this year if they've bought tickets for washed out games because we have by and large had a dry summer. Also there's not always just the cost of the ticket but I'm sure some have to make travelling provisions/outlays , accomodation outalys and take time of work.

  • Ragavendran on September 7, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    @JG2704: The ECB or any board responsible for organising the match should refund the fans when games are washed out. I did not imply that the English fans enjoy rain or anything like that in my previous comment. I am just stating that the matches affected by rain are not that big a surprise in England compared to other countries.

  • Nicholas on September 7, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @JG2704: Oh I don't know about that - it waters the gardens after all; makes the grass look greener; fills up the rivers for boating; washes the cars; makes use of umbrellas and makes walking through crowded streets more interesting...

  • John on September 7, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    @Ragav999 on (September 7, 2013, 3:42 GMT) What are you on about?

    "Gift from the gods"

    What about those who have stumped up good money to buy tickets for this game? I'd like to see you try and tell them face to face that it's a gift from the gods.

    Yes , it's one of those things we have to accept and take it on the chin but it's not (he rain) something British people in general enjoy - regardless of whether they like cricket or not

  • Martin on September 7, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @EnglishCricket on (September 6, 2013, 17:20 GMT) - Nobody cares what you think. It is obvious you are Indian from every post you make. Genuine England or Australia followers would say that there are not enough England V Australia games, not make disparaging comments to the effect that there are too many. If too many England V Australia games upsets you - good. Would you say that India played too many games in England in 2011? IMO there were far too many England V India games that year - far too many hopelessly one-sided affairs and far too many excuses trotted out by the losing teams fans and not enough rain came to save Indian blushes.

  • Ragavendran on September 7, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    England had the most number of days washed out in Test cricket history at some point in the recent past when New Zealand broke that record. So it is fair to assume that it rains more frequently in England than in other countries and England fans should not get offended and merely accept the rain as gift of Gods.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    No runs again for Luke Wright or Jos Buttler. Hehe.

  • Joe on September 6, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I guess even the weather gods were tired of countless Eng-Aus games :)

  • GARY on September 6, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I live in Leeds and it's the first rain we've had in over two weeks and it's only rained a handful of times all summer long. Last year September was the best month we had all summer. Listening to the comments you'd think it didn't rain in other countries. Boring predictable comments. Gutted for the club that they've lost out on a money earner today, money which we really need, as do all clubs that host international games.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    The spectators wouldn't get a refund if the toss happens. Doesnt matter if even a single ball hasn't been bowled. Very unfair policy.

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