The first ODI was scheduled to be played on 6th September 2013, but that was abandoned without a single ball being bowled as the rain continued throughout the day. The second ODI was much more successful weather wise as the sun came out and shined on the wicket at Old Trafford. However, England certainly underperformed to say the least as Kevin Pietersen, Joseph Buttler and Captain Eoin Morgan were the only players to hit a decent score, whilst Australia’s captain, Michael Clarke, hit a century to give Australia a 1-0 lead.
There were talks early on in the day that the third ODI would have to be abandoned due to the weather forecast and it looked that way when the match was delayed by 20 minutes. However, when the conditions finally became playable, it was time for the coin toss to decide who would bat first. Australia’s Captain Michael Clarke won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bowl and field first as the conditions to bat were far from good. However, the decision didn’t really matter considering the third ODI was soon to be called off.
With the skies grey and the deteriorating conditions, it wasn’t long before England’s opening batsman Michael Carberry lost his wicket as it only took Australia one over to get the Englishman out. Whilst Carberry only managed to score one run and last literally 2 minutes, Kevin Pietersen did not do fair better as he only scored 6 runs before being caught out by George Bailey. Jonathon Trott was up next and he finally showed some skill as he scored 28 runs not out, despite surviving an lbw call. Joe Root lost his wicket after 12 runs before Morgan scored 5 and the match was abandoned.
Author Daniel Foster.
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