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Australia v England ODI washed out

UPDATED 07 September, 2013 1:43AM AEDT | 3

The opening match of the one-day international series between Australia and England at Headingley has been abandoned due to heavy rain.

Persistent wet weather in Leeds meant umpires were forced to call the game off just after 1.30pm local time (10.30pm AEST) without a ball being bowled.

The series will start belatedly in Manchester on Sunday, although some wet weather is also forecast for the weekend.

The Australians are looking to finish their three-month tour of the UK on a high following the disappointing Ashes campaign.

Michael Clarke accepts his captaincy is under scrutiny following the 3-0 Test series loss but said coming into Headingley his motivations for the one-day series were solely team-driven.

"When you're captain you're accountable, especially when you're not performing well and your team's losing, so I understand that," Clarke said.

"But more than that, me wanting to win this series has nothing to do with my captaincy.

"It's about this team and where we're at. We're trying to move forward and improve in this format and get back to being the number one one-day team in the world.

"That's why it's important to win this series."

While Australia's Ashes series loss was attributed by most to batting woes rather than Clarke's leadership, he hasn't been immune to criticism.

Test great Matthew Hayden said Clarke needed to take more responsibility and questioned whether he had been thrust into the role at too young an age.

Clarke, though, says he's not bothered by critics of him or the team and he doesn't need reminding of the challenges ahead.

"It (criticism) doesn't bother me," Clarke told AAP.

"The (Ashes) result bothers me, that bothers me a lot.

"I'm doing everything I can to help us turn that around.

"I was as disappointed as anyone that we didn't have success and what people say doesn't really bother me.

"It's about trying to get better every day and the boys are working hard so I can't ask any more."

While the Australians are fifth in the Test rankings they remain a power in the 50-over game, ranked second behind India.

Clarke said it was time the team started producing consistent results away from home.

"Our most recent trips to the UK have not been successful in the short form of the game as well as the longer form of the game," Clarke said.

"Let's hope we can turn it around."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 07 September, 2013 1:39AM AEDT

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