Headingley rain ruins first ODI

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The first ODI between England and Australia was abandoned without a coin tossed or a ball bowled on Friday, as heavy rains in Leeds denied the opening game of the series a start.

The first ODI between England and Australia was abandoned without a coin tossed or a ball bowled on Friday, as heavy rains in Leeds denied the opening game of the series a start.

The Headingley ground looked like a lake by the time play was called off at 3:30pm UK time, after a number of umbrella-covered inspections were conducted in vain. At one stage, umpire Aleem Dar's brolly was broken by the wind.

The second ODI is set to be played on Sunday at Old Trafford in Manchester, provided the weather plays along, where England's rookies will be eager to add a cap to their tallies.

In other news, England seamer Graham Onions has signed for South African domestic side the Dolphins, who are based in the coastal city of Durban.

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