England vs. Australia: Scorecard, Video Highlights, Recap from 1st ODI

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterSeptember 6, 2013

LEEDS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) A reflection of the Carnegie Pavilion on a rain delayed day ahead of the 1st Nat West One Day International between England and Australia at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on September 6, 2013 in Leeds, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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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

Ticket holders for the abandoned ODI will receive a full refund. Please contact @Yorkshireccc #EngvAus

— England 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. 

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