England v Australia: Third Twenty20 abandoned in Canberra due to rain

There were three stoppages before the rain had the last word at Manuka Oval
England 112-2 (12 overs): Butler 65*, Malan 23
Australia 30-3 (3.5 overs): Wakes 3-4
No result (rain) – England win the three-match series 2-0

England missed out on a chance to complete a clean sweep against Australia when the third Twenty20 match in Canberra was abandoned due to rain.

Two rain delays had already reduced the game to 12 goals apiece, but a third delay saw Australia’s reply three goals down to abandon the match.

Australia, chasing a revised Duckworth-Lewis-Stern total of 130, were 30-3 at that stage as Chris Woakes took three wickets, including two in the first two balls of the innings.

Earlier as England reached 112-2 in two overs, captain Jos Buttler smashed 65 off 41 balls.

They have one more warm-up game against Pakistan on Monday, October 22 before their World Cup match against Afghanistan.

A disappointing end to a promising series for England

The east coast of Australia has experienced extreme weather over the past 24 hours driven by the La Niña weather pattern, with widespread flooding across three states.

However, the skies cleared in time to raise hopes for the start of the game at Manuka Oval.

But after going into bat after losing the toss for the third game in a row, the rain soon returned, meaning England couldn’t get into rhythm.

Alex Hales lost Josh Hazlewood’s delivery straight to Aaron Finch at first slip in the second over, but Buttler and Dawid Malan took England to 49-1 after 6.2 overs when the rain first arrived.

When they came back Malan was dismissed for 23 when he lofted a delivery from Pat Cummins into the sky and Mitchell Marsh took a smart catch.

But another delay soon followed with the match reduced to 12 overs, with Buttler and Ben Stokes having just 14 balls to contend with before the innings break.

Chasing a revised mammoth target, Australia’s task became even more difficult when Finch and Marsh fell to Woakes with the first two balls of the innings.

A slower ball from Woakes caused Maxwell to sniff out victory for England, but further rain brought the contest to an end with five balls to spare, the minimum required for a result.