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Riverside Twenty20 clash washed out

England's Twenty20 international with South Africa has been abandoned more than 24 hours before its scheduled start because of heavy rain.

Durham's Riverside ground was left under water on Tuesday following incessant rain in recent days.

It means that England will not play a competitive Twenty20 before the multi million Stanford match on 1 November.

The first of five one-day international matches against the South Africans begins at Headingley on Friday.

Match referee Roshan Mahanama made the unusually early decision to abandon the match following discussions with both teams and the groundstaff.

The South Africans go into the 50-over format with more match practice under their belts, having played two matches - one won, one lost - against the England Lions.

England's full side had hoped to have a warm-up against Scotland in Edinburgh on Monday, but that match was also ruined by ran.

The bowlers did manage a full innings, Andrew Flintoff once again the pick with 3-21 from eight overs, as the Scots were restricted to 156-9, but the batsmen had less than three overs at the crease before the rain intervened.

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