England vs Australia 2013: Rain abandons 1st ODI at Headingley

England will now play Australia in the second ODI at Old Trafford © Getty Images

Sep 6, 2013

The first One-Day International (ODI) between England and Australia at Headingley was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain on Friday.

After both the teams won a T20 each, they were looking to carry that form into the ODIs. England rested five  key players and gave opportunity to the youngsters. They came into the match after winning a one-off ODI clash against neighbours Ireland.

Australia, on the other hand, were at full strength with Michael Clarke returning to lead them. They beat Scotland in a one-off ODI coming into the series.

It was expected to be an evenly-fought encounter as both teams are well balanced 50-over sides. Eoin Morgan was set to lead England in the absence of senior players.

However, the two teams will now hope for better weather conditions when they travel to Manchester for the second ODI at Old Trafford.