BIRMINGHAM: England’s hopes of becoming the world’s number top-ranked one-day international side (ODI) during their series against Australia were ended after rain washed out the third ODI here Wednesday.
The match at Edgbaston was abandoned without a ball being bowled, with England 2-0 up in the five-match series.
However, England had to sweep this contest 5-0 to replace current table-toppers Australia at the head of the 50-over standings and so become the first team to be number one in all three formats, with the side already at the summit of the Test and Twenty20 rankings.
This washout means England cannot now lose the series, which continues at Chester-le-Street, the home of north-east county Durham, on Saturday.
Strauss pays tribute at Maynard funeral
LONDON: England Test captain Andrew Strauss was among the mourners at the funeral of Tom Maynard in Cardiff on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Surrey batsman, buried in his home city, was one of the rising stars of English cricket but he died last month after being hit by a train on a London Underground railway line.
Kevin Pietersen, a county colleague of Maynard’s at Surrey was also in attendance among a congregation of some 900 mourners at Cardiff’s Llandaff Cathedral, as were former England captains Andrew Flintoff, Alec Stewart and Mike Gatting.
Also alongside were Maynard’s father Matthew, himself a former England batsman, mother Sue and sister Ceri were Wales rugby great Gareth Edwards and England’s Danny Cipriani.