Rain denies play on day four

Australia

Day four of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval was ruined by rain, as it was on day two, after heavy rains overnight and more in the morning essentially ensured a drawn Test as play was abandoned.

Day four of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval was ruined by rain, as it was on day two, after heavy rains overnight and more in the morning essentially ensured a drawn Test as play was abandoned.

England were on 247 for four overnight, having batted at snail's pace for much of day three, making little effort to reach the 492 posted by Australia in their first innings. Ian Bell and Chris Woakes were unbeaten for the hosts.

There was no chance of play on Saturday though, despite a few futile, umbrella-covered inspections by the umpires, as the covers never looked like coming off under gun metal grey skies.

With one day to go in the match, and of the England leg of the back-to back Ashes, the players will shift their attention to the T20 format, with the two-match series starting on 29 August in Southampton.

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