Strauss hopes England get to play

England captain Andrew Strauss stands on the verge of two major statistical milestones at Kingsmead tomorrow - and is just hoping the rain relents to allow him to achieve both in style.

England could become only the second team ever - after Australia - to beat their hosts in a one-day international series in South Africa, even in the event of a washout.

Strauss himself, meanwhile, will win his 100th ODI cap as long as there is some play - and he insists that is much his preferred scenario.

"We really want to come and win this series 3-1," he said.

"When you start thinking about rain and things like that, it is going to affect your preparation."

Strauss appears more optimistic of play than his opposite number Graeme Smith, at a venue which has been deluged with rain all week.

In any event, he is wary of allowing himself or his team-mates to start thinking about winning the series without having to set foot on the field in the final match.

"Often in these sorts of circumstances, you get some sort of game in - even if it's not the full 50 overs," he said.

"We're fully expecting to play tomorrow, and if we do we will make sure we're at the races and put South Africa under pressure again."

England hope to have a fully-fit squad to pick from, including fast bowler James Anderson - whose knee injury appears to be behind him.