England’s attempt to capture a face-saving win in the fourth and the final Ashes test of 2017 was put to an end as rain played spoilsport during the fourth day of the test.
The home side were 103 for two in their second innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when rain interrupted play before tea and the showers lingered long enough for umpires to abandon the day without another ball bowled.
David Warner was 40 not out, with captain Steve Smith on 25 and Australia still needing another 61 runs to make England bat again.
But even with the promise of reverse swing, Joe Root’s bowlers face a big task on an unresponsive pitch to prevent Australia from batting them out of the game.
Australia is leading the four-match series 3-0.