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banner Saturday, 16 June, 2001, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
NatWest showdown washed out
Groundstaff do their best to cope with the rain at Chester-le-Street
Damp conditions proved too much for the groundstaff
NatWest Series, Durham
Australia v Pakistan

Rain has forced the abandonment of the triangular one-day series match between Australia and Pakistan at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street.

The result of this sixth game of the tournament was always academic, as both sides had already guaranteed their final place at Lord's on 23 June.

Not a single ball was bowled on Saturday as the overnight drizzle continued throughout the morning.

Play had been set for 1045BST and one of the umpires, Allan Jones, had announced that the latest play could have proceeded was 1550BSTwith 25 overs-per-side.

Brett Lee in action
Brett Lee would have featured for Australia

The square remained under covers throughout, but as the clouds gathered, the gloomy forecasters were proved correct.

Steve Waugh's team, the 1999 World Cup winners, top the table on six points after winning their three matches while Pakistan lie second with two wins from three.

England, beaten four times in a row, saw their last hopes disappear at Old Trafford on Thursday when they were dismissed for 86 by Australia on the way to a 125-run defeat in a rain-affected game.

Australia: M Waugh, A Gilchrist (wkt), M Hayden, M Bevan, S Waugh (captain), D Martyn, A Symonds, S Warne, B Lee, J Gillespie, D Fleming.

Pakistan: Salim Elahi, Shahid Afridi, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Abdur Razzaq, Waqar Younis (captain), Rashid Latif (wkt), Saqlain Mushtaq, Younis Khan, Wasim Akram, Azhar Mahmood, Saeed Anwar.

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