Cricket ODI: England v Australia

Rain dashes England hopes of number one ranking

A 5-0 series result would have catapulted England to number one in ODIs, but rain at Edgbaston put the ambition on hold

Rain dashes England hopes of number one ranking

England’s dreams of seizing Australia’s number one ranking in one-day cricket were dashed when the third ODI between England and Australia at Edgbaston was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

England required A 5-0 series win to become number one in all formats of the game. As it is, they lead the series 2-0 with two matches to play, which means Australia can at best salvage a draw.

The day-nighter at Edgbaston was scheduled to begin at 2pm, but periodic showers frustrated hopes. Eventually, the umpires decided on a 28-over game to begin at 6pm. But the rain returned and play had to be abandoned for the day. The news was greeted with boos, but there were already large patches of mud on the ground.

The abandonment was a cruel financial blow for Warwickshire. Their Test match against West Indies a few weeks ago was also badly curtailed by rain. Revenue from the 21,000 tickets sold for this match would have allowed the club to recoup some of their losses, but now a full refund will be available to all ticket-holders.

The fourth ODI will take place at Chester-le-Street, in Durham, on Saturday. James Anderson has been passed fit to play after recovering from his thigh strain.