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    Rain washes out 1st England-India ODI without a ball being bowled

    Bristol: The first of the five one-day internationals between England and India has been abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain at the County Ground.

    Rain began to fall before the start of play and the match was abandoned at 1:30 p.m. local
    time, three hours after the scheduled start.

    It was a cause for much disappointment to the sparse crowd that had gathered at the ground, taking advantage of the summer bank holiday in England.

    Bristol is a regular feature on England's fixture-list since the 1999 World Cup, with 13 ODIs played here after the first one in 1983. However, this 14th match was the first time a game has been abandoned here.

    England, who recently beat India 3-1 in a five-match Test series, planned to give a debut to opening batsman Alex Hales.

    The second match will take place in Cardiff on Wednesday.

    The weather forecast for the second ODI isn't too good either as intermittent showers are expected throughout Wednesday.

    England had won the five-match Test series 3-1 after India took the lead at the historic Lord's.