The ODI series between England and Australia got off to a false start. Heavy rain forced the abandonment of the first ODI at Headingley without a ball being bowled.
ODI between England and Australia at Headingley is abandoned - rain has spoiled the day.— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) September 6, 2013
Any chances of play were limited from the off. Rain had fallen overnight in Leeds, and estimates from the ground staff indicated that two hours or more would be required to get the ground fit for play.
Umpires complete with umbrellas coming out for a look here at Headingley.....Yorkshire saying it would take two and a half hours to clear up— Paul Newman (@newman_cricket) September 6, 2013
Cricket (@ECB_cricket) September 6, 2013
England had come into the game as slight underdogs for the series, primarily because the decision has been taken in the wake of winning the Ashes to rest a number of key players, including Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott.
Eoin Morgan is captaining the side in his absence, and led England to a resounding win over Ireland in their warm-up. Australia beat Scotland on the same day.
Should the weather be kinder, the series will begin on Sunday at Old Trafford, and will now be contested over four games.