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England vs. India 1st ODI Called off Due to Rain

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Groundstaff sweep away puddles from the outfield in vain as play is abandoned in the first Royal London One-Day Series match between England and India at The County Ground on August 25, 2014 in Bristol, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2014

The first match of England’s one-day series with India was abandoned on Monday, as unrelenting rain in Bristol forced officials to call off the tie in the early afternoon, per Sky Sports Cricket:

Nevil Road was set to host its first international match in four years after an impressive renovation, but such were the conditions that not a single ball could be bowled.

Grounds staff worked tirelessly to keep puddles from forming on the surface, with mechanical blotters constantly driving up and down the pitch, but the rain just wouldn’t let up, as England Cricket revealed:

All eyes were on Alex Hales heading into the clash, who was set to make his ODI debut opening with captain Alastair Cook in Bristol, but he now has to wait for his bow in the spotlight.

The Nottinghamshire star earned his call-up on the back of some impressive performances in Twenty20, and his big-hitting style is exactly what England need if they’re to reach the top of the one-day game.

TAUNTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 6:  Alex Hales of England Lions bats during the Triangular Series match between England Lions and Sri Lanka A at The County Ground on August 6, 2014 in Taunton, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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That's something former spin bowler Graeme Swann agrees with too, as he told BBC Sport that Hales' selection had been a long time coming:

Hales should have been in this side for two or three years. He got 99 in a T20 international against West Indies at Trent Bridge. How did the powers-that-be not see that as the future of one-day opening bat? I used to sit in the changing room and always felt we were so far behind other teams because we play such an old-fashioned brand.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Alex Hales of England Lions bats during the Triangular Series match between England Lions and New Zealand A at The County Ground on August 8, 2014 in Bristol, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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Hales' debut will now take place at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on Wednesday, weather depending, and there he can finally demonstrate his explosive batting credentials to the world.

As for Bristol, the wait to host top-class cricket goes on, and they’ll hope for better news from the weatherman when Sri Lanka are in ODI action on the Nevil Road turf in two years' time.

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