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Summary

  1. Game now being played on Tuesday (10:30 BST)
  2. Rain delayed the scheduled 14:00 BST start
  3. Saturated outfield prevents any play on Monday

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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A damp day ends

So, that's about it. Sorry if you've been waiting patiently for play - they're going to try again at 10:30 BST tomorrow.

Make sure you listen to TMS for commentary on that game and the rest of the series - but for now, it's goodbye from me.

Facebook Live: Knight and Dagnall

If you're a Facebooker, I'm sure you'll enjoy a Facebook Live chat which TMS's Charles Dagnall had with new captain Heather Knight a little earlier this afternoon.

Here's the link you require.

Umpire Alex Wharf told Sky Sports: "We've just let [the captains] know that we're abandoning it [for the day]. It's a saturated outfield, wet in areas. So we'll come back tomorrow. It's probably the best for both teams. The ground staff have been fantastic. They got rid of a lot of water but there's obviously still a lot of wet areas."

Sadly no play @leicsccc today. 1st England women's RL ODI v Pakistan to be played in full tomorrow, 1030am start

Sadly no play @leicsccc today. 1st England women's RL ODI v Pakistan to be played in full tomorrow, 1030am start

Waiting all day for a decision that IMO could have been made at 12.... Missed daughters sports day... 😡 going to try again tomorrow.

Play abandoned for the day

Unsurprisingly, the outfield's still saturated in places. They're going to come back again tomorrow for a full game on the reserve day.

Umpires now chatting to the captains. Is this a "we're calling it" moment, or a "we're going to try to squeeze in a 20-over thrash" moment?

Singing in the rain

The good folk of Leicester have, at least, had some entertainment during their wait for play...

Soprano @thelaurawright entertains the patient crowd at Grace Road...

Soprano @thelaurawright entertains the patient crowd at Grace Road...

Inspection

We're back. The umpires are in congress on the edge of the square, we're still waiting for the decision over whether we'll play today...

Inspection

Some news from the middle - there will be a further inspection at 17:00 BST to see if conditions have improved.

So we'll say cheery-bye for now, and check back with you at 17:00.

Latest news from the county scene

I hope you've been enjoying BBC Radio's County Championship commentaries while it's been raining in Leicester - remember, you can hear every ball of every game via the BBC Sport website.

They've already called it a day at Derby and Chelmsford because of rain today, while they're going to start at 16:15 BST at The Oval. But they're playing everywhere else - follow our live text and radio coverage here.

While we wait for news of the inspection...

Here's a picture from seamer Sonia Odedra, who played a Test for England against India two summers ago, and will be lining up for Loughborough Lightning in the Super League this year.

Waiting for play to start @Danni_Wyatt #bored

Waiting for play to start @Danni_Wyatt #bored

This is the biggest time for women's cricket - Cross

It is England duty for the England players today but it is just over a month until the start of the inaugural Women's Cricket Super League.

Some of the world's best players will join England's leading cricketers for six UK-based teams in the Twenty20 format.

"This is going to go down in history as the biggest time for women's cricket," England seamer Kate Cross told BBC Get Inspired. 

You can read more of Kate's thoughts ahead of the tournament - which you'll also be able to hear on BBC Radio.

Kate Cross celebrates with England team
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ICC Women's Championship

If you're not aware, England really, really need to get on the field this week - although they have games in hand in the ICC Women's Championship, they need to win them if they're to finish in the top four of the table and qualify automatically for the World Cup which they host next summer. The other teams will compete in a 10-team qualifier early in 2017.

ICC Women's Championship
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Inspection

Out come the umpires, ex-England seam duo Martin Saggers and Alex Wharf, in their rather garishly-coloured attire. The square is still covered, but it looks a little brighter than earlier (he said crossing his fingers).

Welcome back

We're back to bring you news of the 15:30 BST inspection at Grace Road. Hope you've managed to enjoy a cup of tea in the meantime.

Remember, in the event that we can't even get a minimum of 20 overs per side in tonight (the latest we can start for a 20-over thrash is 18:55 BST), under ICC Women's Championship rules a reserve day is in place - so we'll all be back tomorrow.

Grace Road under cover
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Au revoir - for now

With a lot of standing water still on the outfield at Grace Road, we're going to leave you in peace for about an hour or so - we'll be back at 15:30 BST to let you know the results of the inspection.

Remember, if they can't get a 20-over game in tonight, they'll be back for a full match tomorrow.

If there's any further news, we'll be back to let you know.

Inspection at 15:30 BST

Umpire Martin Saggers told Sky Sports: “We’ll have another look at 15:30 BST. We might know a little bit more then. As long as there’s a chance we can get a game in, we will keep looking. But if it is that saturated, we can come back tomorrow. The latest we can start today is 18:55 BST."

Umpires and ground staff at Grace Road
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Debutant Hartley 'a character'

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"What a character. The game needs characters and Alex will say things that will shake it up a bit.

"She made the move to Middlesex from Lancashire and that was positive for her, it got her on the radar. 

"Hartley will give it air, give it a bit of of rip and I think she will want to be in the game every single ball."

The new name in England's squad

The one newcomer in this England squad, who'll be as frustrated as anyone about the rain delay, is uncapped left-arm spinner Alex Hartley, whose introduction is being discussed on TMS.

Blackburn-born Hartley, 22. plays her county cricket for Middlesex, but will be part of the Surrey Stars squad for the Super League next month. 

The women's cricket website CricketHer recently turned the spotlight on Hartley - praising her accuracy as a spinner, though noting that she'll likely be a number 11 batter at international level, and hinting that her fielding is more Monty then Jonty.

Alex Hartley
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Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"It is not really a revolutionary side, it is just creating opportunities for players on the fringes to get that time in the middle."

Taylor takes a break

As well as Charlotte Edwards, another big name missing from the England squad for this series is wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor, who is taking an indefinite break from the game.

Taylor spoke movingly to the BBC earlier this month about how she is taking time out to deal with anxiety issues, with which she has struggled for nearly four years.

Sarah Taylor
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Umpires having a chin-wag in the middle, covers still on, but both teams are very much in "having a cup of coffee on the balcony" mode.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"I think less can go wrong with Anya Shrubsole if she were captain.

"Heather Knight has got to get back in form with the bat, Anya doesn’t have to worry about that, she will always bowl well.

"It is not a bad decision, just not the one I would have made."

Listen to TMS overseas

BBC Test Match Special

And if you're an overseas listener hoping to listen to the pre-match chat on TMS, this is the link you require.

It's raining

If you're just joining us and hoping for some cricket, I'm afraid rain has delayed the start at Leicester. It's been similarly damp at Derbyshire, where there's been no play in the County Championship today, and at Trent Bridge where England's men are preparing for the start of their ODI series against Sri Lanka tomorrow.

Should Shrubsole be captain?

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"If it were down to me, I would have gone for Anya Shrubsole. She is very calculated and has a cricket thinking brain, far beyond anyone in that squad.

"She is completely different. She is quiet and contemplated.

"When you speak to her about simple things she is so switched on, a real deep thinker."

'Knight will take to captaincy like duck to water'

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Heather Knight has got to be herself and do it her way. She is a tough cookie and I think she is ready for the challenge.

"She'll take to it like a duck to water and she has to not put too much pressure on herself and pull on the experience of senior players.

"She won't be fazed and should look forward to it. It will be a very proud day for her."

Alison Mitchell

BBC Test Match Special

"I spoke to Julia Price, the coach of Hobart Hurricanes, out in Australia and she could not speak highly enough of Heather Knight's captaincy."

Knight captained the unfancied Hurricanes to the semi-finals of the inaugural Women's Big Bash League last winter.

'Little things will be hard'

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Little things will be difficult, like turning up last night knowing not going to be part of the game.

"But I am very relaxed, I'm still playing and training hard. I am really excited to watch the two teams play today."

Weather forecast

It's still raining so safe to say, the inspection will be delayed.

If you want to take a *really* pessimistic view of today, if it keeps raining, they can start a 20-over thrash at 19:50 BST. If they can't even manage that, as per ICC Women's Championship rules, there is a reserve day in place tomorrow.

Charles Dagnall - who used to trundle in here for Leicestershire on a regular basis - assures TMS listeners that the weather here always comes from over the scoreboard. But worryingly, Ebony Rainford-Brent is struggling to see the scoreboard...

Here's the BBC forecast for Leicester today:

BBC weather forecast for Leicester
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Edwards on retirement

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I have had to come to terms with it. I am disappointed I can’t be part of the team but it is a new chapter for me and one I am very excited about.

"Today is the start and I am enjoying being on this side of it. I can eat what I like now, so I'm hoping there are going to be some cakes in the TMS box!"

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"There have been so many changes, a lot for the better and if you are a young cricketer it gives you room to get involved. 

"But also public interest is up. People are interested to see how it will play out. 

"England should dominate but there is enough in it to see what this new England team should be like."

'I had to keep the captaincy under my hat'

As we've mentioned, Heather Knight takes charge of England for the first time today and you can read her thoughts ahead of the game in her BBC Sport column. 

Knight says she is "very proud and hugely excited to lead this group of girls" in this new chapter - while she also reflects on how she found out about her appointment, and the retirement of her predecessor Edwards.

Knight 'excited' to lead England

It's raining

Ulp. It's just started raining again...

bbc-coverageEdwards and Greenway join TMS

BBC Test Match Special

However, despite the rain, the good ship Test Match Special has taken to the airwaves. And they've even made a couple of new signings for this series...

Joining commentators Charles Dagnall and Alison Mitchell, and regular summarisers Ebony Rainford-Brent and Isa Guha today will be two recently retired England international stars - ex-captain Charlotte Edwards and long-serving batter Lydia Greenway.

Lydia Greenway and Charlotte Edwards
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Start delayed at Grace Road

It being England, I'm afraid the weather has intervened, and we're not going to start on time. Instead, there will be an inspection at the scheduled start time of 14:00 BST. TMS's Henry Moeran tweeted this picture earlier - will they be the only English ducks on show at Grace Road today, we wonder?

There are literally ducks on the outfield at Grace Road. But the rain has stopped...

There are literally ducks on the outfield at Grace Road. But the rain has stopped...

A new era dawns

Afternoon, everyone - and welcome to the start of a new beginning. For the first time in a couple of decades, the name of Charlotte Marie Edwards is not among those in England's squad.

The long-standing England skipper announced her retirement from internationals last month, her place secure as a legend of the women's game. But as they say, the show must go on.

Welcome to the Heather Knight era.

Heather Knight
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