Rain ruins England whitewash on South Africa

Published: Thursday, September 4, 2008, 10:27 [IST]
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London: England clinched the ODI series with South Africa 4-0 after the fifth and final match of the series was abandoned on Wednesday because of rain. Visitors were struggling on 6-1 after three overs when the players were forced to leave the field at Sophia Gardens, just minutes after play had started two hours late. A 5-0 win would have taken England to second position in the ICC rankings.

South Africa seemed to lose motivation after securing a win in the Test series when they beat England by five wickets at Edgbaston in the third test.

A resurgent England under new captain Pietersen, comfortably won the first ODI at Leeds by 20 runs, then humiliated South Africa at Nottingham, dismissing the tourists for just 83 runs and romping to a 10-wicket victory.

In the third ODI England thrashed SA by 126-runs, even though the tourists put in an improved display at Lord's, England still defeated them by seven wickets - a result that left them third in the International Cricket Council world rankings on 116 points, just two points behind the South Africans.

South Africa, also ranked No. 2 in the world test rankings, now has to regroup ahead of its test series with the world's topside Australia in December.


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