Rain delays start at Edgbaston
A delayed start was confirmed for today's third NatWest Series match between England and Australia at soggy Edgbaston.
As the mopping up process got under way following overnight and morning rain, a 2pm inspection was announced for the day-night fixture before further inspections were planned on the hour every hour with announcement made at 5pm for a 28-overs-per-side match to start at 6pm - as long as there was no further rain.
Forecast for improved weather this afternoon, albeit with more rain still likely at some point, raised hopes that England might get the chance after all to try to wrap up the five-match series here. They lead 2-0 with three to play.
Umpires Aleem Dar and Rob Bailey were forced to curtail their 2pm inspection by the return of the rain which led to the square again being covered. It was decided that the umpires would carry out a further inspection at 3pm if the rain ceased.
The flurry of continuing showers led to Dar and Bailey agreeing to stage another inspection at 4pm, but hopes of staging a full 50-over contest had already been dashed by the delayed start.
It was another massive disappointment for the Edgbaston crowd after the rain-ruined Test against West Indies earlier in the summer.
Just as the scheduled 4pm inspection was due, rain arrived again.
With full covers back over the square, it was announced there would be another inspection at 5pm.
The latest play could start, to accommodate a 20-overs-per-side match, was 7.15pm.