ICC Champions Trophy - England V Australia

Will the match be affected by rain? Check the weather forecast.

England's first match of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy is against Australia at the home of the Warwickshire Bears, Edgbaston. This will be the first time the two sides meet before the upcoming back-to-back Ashes Test Series this summer. The last time England and Australia met in the ICC Champions Trophy, in 2009, England were beaten by Australia in the semi finals, losing by 9 wickets. Australia then went on to win the final and the trophy for only the second time since the tournament started in 1998.

The last time the ICC Champions Trophy was held in England, in 2004, the result was disappointing for England, who lost out in the final to the West Indies by 2 wickets. England will be hoping to get off to a good start to improve on their last performance on home soil.

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Cricket and the weather

Mick Hunt, Lord's groundsman, explains how weather impacts the sport of cricket.

Lord's cricket ground - weather and planning
Mick Hunt, Head groundsman at Lord's, explains some of the extreme weather conditions they've experienced at the grounds and how they plan ahead for important matches.

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