Rain dampens Strauss plans

ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss spoke of his frustration after Headingley&rsquo;s new &pound;600,000 drainage system failed its first major test in causing the abandonment of the first one-day international with the West Indies.<br /><br />The Leeds ground underwent a vast resurfacing, drainage and irrigation overhaul in the winter, but failed to withstand heavy overnight and morning rain which flooded the outfield.<br /><br />Umpires Steve Davis and Nigel Llong were forced to abandon play amid glorious sunshine around 2pm, much to the frustration of a sizeable crowd anticipating play.<br /><br />The abandonment now reduces the series to two matches with the first taking place at Bristol on Sunday, but England captain Andrew Strauss had no complaints with the decision.<br /><br />He said: &ldquo;They the conditions were very, very poor. They looked to get a bit better but you still wouldn&rsquo;t say it was fit to play international cricket on. The umpires have to safeguard the safety of the players and they made that decision on their own, the captains weren&rsquo;t involved in that, but I think it was the right one.<br /><br />&ldquo;We always enjoy coming up here and playing. There&rsquo;s always a good atmosphere and we&rsquo;ve missed out on that, so that&rsquo;s frustrating. It&rsquo;s now a two-match series and we need to win two to win it.&rdquo;<br /><br />Strauss refused to comment, however, on speculation that his Middlesex team-mate Eoin Morgan was set for an international debut in place of the injured Kevin Pietersen.<br /><br />The Irish-born batsman has switched allegiance from his native country after playing in 23 ODIs.<br /><br />Morgan was listed on the matchday scorecard as No4 batsman ahead of Ian Bell, while wicketkeeper Matt Prior was down as No3.<br /><br />&ldquo;You&rsquo;ll have to wait and see,&rdquo; Strauss said with a wry smile. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not information we want to give away, it provides the opposition with information on your team, so we&rsquo;ll wait for the toss on Sunday.&rdquo;