BIRMINGHAM: Rain delayed the start of the third one-day international between England and Australia at Edgbaston here Wednesday.
The umpires held an inspection at 2pm local time (1300GMT), the scheduled start time, when, after a dry spell, fresh rain started to fall.
Officials were due to hold a second inspection at 3pm (1400GMT).
A minimum of 20 overs per side are required in order to constitute a match and the latest time such a match can start is at 7.17pm (1817GMT).
Victory for England would give them an unassailable 3-0 lead in this five-match series after 15-run and six-wicket wins at Lord's and The Oval, respectively.
And a 5-0 clean sweep would see England replace Australia at the head of the 50-over world rankings and so top the standings in all three formats. (AFP)