Washout seals England triumph

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Andrew Strauss was a happy man when he spoke to the media

England emerged victorious from their one-day series against South Africa after the fifth and final match was rained off without a ball being bowled in Durban.

With the wet weather having hindered preparations at Kingsmead all week, rain again fell heavily from noon local time today to keep the playing area under full cover.

A planned inspection at 1pm local time (11am GMT) was then abandoned as the showers strengthened and play was eventually and predictably called off for the day amid gloomy scenes at 5pm.

Play at Kingsmead had appeared unlikely today given the amount of rainfall in the region over the past week, and despite England skipper Andrew Strauss keen to get the game played the weather had a final say.

Andy Flower & Andrew Strauss

Persistent heavy rain left Kingsmead unfit for the final ODI, handing England a first series win on South African soil

The result hands England a 2-1 series victory and makes Andrew Strauss’ side just the second team - behind Australia - to beat their hosts in a one-day series in South Africa.

England, whose victories came by seven wickets at both Port Elizabeth and Centurion and who were aided by a washout in the first game in Johannesburg, now have two consecutive wins in one-day rubbers against Graeme Smith’s side given their 4-0 triumph on home soil in 2008.

It also takes England’s record against South Africa since 2008 to seven wins and a single defeat in the eight completed games between the two sides given England’s comprehensive win last year as well as the impressive 22-run win in September’s ICC Champions Trophy clash in September.

Incidentally, the last ODI between England and South Africa to be staged in Durban, in 2005, was also washed out.

The teams now turn their attention to the Test series, which gets under way at Centurion on December 16.

England's next action is against a South African Airways XI in a two-day tour match starting next Wednesday.

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