England-South Africa first ODI abandoned due to rain

Only over five overs were bowled in the ODI series opener at Cardiff as the match officials decided to call off the match Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 24, 2012

The first One-Day International (ODI) between England and South Africa has been abandoned due to rains on Friday.

Only over five overs were bowled in the ODI series opener at Cardiff as the match officials decided to call off the match after heavy showers interrupted the game yet again.

South Africa now face hosts in the second ODI on Tuesday at Southampton.

England is No 1 in ODI, however if they lose to South Africa, they lose the top spot to the visitors.

England rose to the top of the one-day world rankings on the back of 10 wins in 2012, including a 4-0 series rout of Australia.

England will be playing without star batsman Kevin Pietersen after the text message controversy that led to his omission from the squad.

South Africa earlier beat England 2-0 in the recently concluded Test series which took them to number one position in Test Rankings.

Brief Score: England 37 for 0 in 5.3 overs (Ian Bell 26*, Alastair Cook 10*) vs South Africa

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