Bell Shines Through The Gloom In Cardiff
England 37-0 v South Africa - match abandoned
First One-Day International, Cardiff
Not for the first time in Cardiff, the weather intervened to frustrate England and South Africa as the opening One-Day International was abandoned.
After several delays and recalculations, England reached 37 without loss in 5.3 of 23 overs before the rain returned and the officials simply ran out of time and the game was called off.
With the two sides locked together at the top of the ICC ODI rankings, England holding the top spot by a matter of fractions, the contest will have to wait until the second game in Southampton to get underway.
However, this false start provided Ian Bell and Alastair Cook with an opportunity to show off some powerful shots at the top of the order and Bell in particular looked in supreme touch.
After a sluggish start from both men, he launched into the bowling, carting Morne Morkel for a big six over midwicket and charging down the wicket to hit him over the top.
He had raced to 26 in 18 balls when the players were forced from the field while Cook had made ten in 15 balls, with one boundary to his name.
England's run of not losing an ODI in 2012 continues although if the weather holds at the Ageas Bowl, they can expect their sternest test yet on Tuesday.
For South Africa, they suffered the same fate as they had when touring in 2008 when the Cardiff match was abandoned. It proved to be their best result, however, as they lost the remaining four matches.
England will be hoping that they can take advantage of a Test series win hangover to inflict a similar result this time around.
© Cricket World 2012
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