England's Joe Root looks on as Australia's James Faulkner bowls to England's Jonathan Trott during play on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval in London. (AP Photo)
The fourth day's play in the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia was abandoned due to rain at The Oval on Saturday.
England, replying to Australia's 492 for nine declared, ended the third day on 247-4 with Ian Bell (29) and Chris Woakes (15) at the crease.
Australia, 3-0 down in the series, lead by 245 runs and England need another 46 runs to avoid the follow-on with one day remaining.
Persistent early morning rain prevented play starting as scheduled at 11.00am local time (10:00am GMT) and the umpires brought forward the lunch interval by 30 minutes to 12:30pm (11:30am GMT).
Conditions worsened during the morning, the rain growing more intense under increasingly grey skies as the pitch and square remained fully covered.
The bad weather was especially frustrating for Australia, who were seeking a first win in nine Tests and trying to avoid their first Ashes series without a Test victory since 1977.
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