T20 World Cup: England-Australia match washed out by rain in Melbourne

The match was scheduled to start at 09:00 BST

England’s much-anticipated Men’s T20 World Cup match against Australia in Melbourne was washed out without a ball being bowled leaving the No. 1 team wide open.

England will need to win their last two games to progress, although that may not be enough.

They are currently third in the standings, level on points with New Zealand and Ireland, having cleaned their match against Afghanistan earlier.

Australia also have three points but are fourth in net run rate.

Afghanistan are bottom with two draws and a defeat, but still have little hope of progressing.

England’s chances were put in jeopardy when they lost to Ireland on Tuesday, and would have been out of the tournament had they lost to Australia in the Ashes, with 60,000 expected in one of the main games of the tournament.

The hosts would also be effectively out if they lost.

But persistent rain in the afternoon left the outfield saturated and, despite a two-hour spell without rain, the game was abandoned to the cheers of those inside the ground at 8.48pm.

What does this mean for England’s chances?

England next play New Zealand in Brisbane on Tuesday, Sri Lanka in Sydney on Saturday 5 November.

The easiest way would be to win both matches and Australia will hope not to renew their clear lead in the matches against Ireland and Afghanistan.

It is in England’s favor that their meeting with Sri Lanka is the last in the group, so if they can get past the Black Caps, Jos Buttler’s team will have a clear picture of the clean run rate requirements.

Ireland still hope to qualify, although their remaining games are difficult games against Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand and Sri Lanka meet in Sydney on Saturday. The winner will get the pole position at the head of the group.

Due to the weather, there have now been four matches in the championship to end without a result.

Melbourne has been hit by a La Nina weather pattern which has caused severe flooding in parts of Victoria.