Rain Washes Out ODI Series Opener Between England & India

Updated: 25 August 2014 18:23 IST

Hosts England were due to play world champions India in the first of a five-match series at the south-west ground but persistent overnight and early morning rain prevented play starting as scheduled at 10:30am local time (0930GMT).

Rain Washes Out ODI Series Opener Between England & India
Indian fans were left disappointed after the first ODI vs England was washed out. © AFP

Bristol:

Bad weather put England batsman Alex Hales's one-day international debut on hold as rain washed out the series opener with India at Bristol on Monday without a ball being bowled. (Highlights)

Hosts England were due to play world champions India in the first of a five-match series at the south-west ground but persistent overnight and early morning rain prevented play starting as scheduled at 10:30am local time (0930GMT).

The latest a 20 overs per side match -- the minimum length required to declare a result -- could have started was 3:47pm (1447GMT) but with the rain showing no sign of stopping, the umpires announced the match had ended in a no-result washout ay 1:30pm (1230GMT). (Fletcher Still the Boss, Says Dhoni)

Hard-hitting Nottinghamshire opener Hales has appeared in 32 Twenty20s for England and scored his country's first century in cricket's shortest format against when he made 116 not out from 64 balls against Sri Lanka at the World Twenty20 in March. (Dhoni's Opinions on BCCI Personal, Say BCCI)

The 25-year, due to partner England captain Alastair Cook at the top of the order, has been tipped as the man to revive the team's often staid approach with the bat in the opening overs of a one-day game.

India, the 50-over world champions, were looking to bounce back following their 3-1 defeat in the preceding Test series, a campaign that ended with England winning the final two matches by an innings.

Last year, India beat England in the final of the 50-over Champions Trophy at Edgbaston, although rain reduced that match to a 20 overs per side contest.

This year's five-match contest marks the start of both teams lead-in to next year's one-day World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. (India Need MS Dhoni as Captain, Says Fleming)

India have now put former all-rounder Ravi Shastri put in "overall charge" of the side, with coach Duncan Fletcher, the former England boss, retaining his position despite being criticised following the Test series defeat.

The series continues with Wednesday's second one-day international in Cardiff.



Topics : India in England, 2014 India England Alex Hales MS Dhoni Alastair Cook Virat Kohli Cricket
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