Third ODI abandoned due to rain

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The third ODI between England and Australia was abandoned due to rain in Birmingham, leaving the Aussies with a one-nil series lead with two games to play.

The third ODI between England and Australia was abandoned due to rain in Birmingham, leaving the Aussies with a one-nil series lead with two games to play.

With the first match of the series also raining out, this became a three-match series in essence. England were on the verge of a batting collapse, on 59 for three, when the rain arrived for good.

The match got off to a late start as it was, with a 40-minute delay to the toss because of poor weather. The Aussies chose to bowl fist once they won the toss, and did superb work with the ball in the 15.1 overs they played.

England's top order faltered again without Ian Bell and Alastair Cook at the helm, and opener Michael Carberry was once again out early. It wasn't really his fault this time though, as he was hung out to dry by Kevin Pietersen, who called for a silly run and then turned back.

Pietersen didn't get to make the mistake worth it though as he was out for six, caught by George Bailey off Mitchell Johnson, while Joe Root was caught and bowled by Adam Voges soon afterwards.

Jonathan Trott was the only survivor with a set score, on 28 when the rain arrived, but none of these wickets or runs will mean anything with the game abandoned, fortunately for England's batsmen.

England: Michael Carberry, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin

Australia: Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Josh Hazlewood

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