Start of new England era delayed

Hampshire Chronicle: Alastair Cook had to be patient in the Aberdeen rain Alastair Cook had to be patient in the Aberdeen rain

England's new era was delayed by persistent rain throughout the morning and early afternoon in Aberdeen but blue skies and sunshine have improved the prospects of play.

The first assignment of the Alastair Cook-Peter Moores captain-coach alliance, England's opening match of the summer against Scotland, was beset by bad weather which made a prompt start impossible.

Rain was still falling at 10am, with the square under full cover and the outfield already very wet half-an-hour before play was scheduled to get under way.

As rain continued, an early lunch was taken at 1pm and an inspection scheduled for 1.30pm.

After two further inspections, as the weather improved dramatically, a third was announced to take place at 2.50pm.

Play could start as late as 4.15pm, for a 20-overs-per-side match.

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