England will have to win both the remaining matches if they are to make it a triumphant NatWest series against Australia after rain ruined the third one-day international at Edgbaston.
Eoin Morgan’s men reached a troublesome position of 59-3 in the 15.1 overs possible after being put into bat first under the heavy Birmingham skies.
Michael Carberry’s comeback to the one-day side has been one to forget as he failed once again getting run-out for only a single after a serious mix-up with Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen was caught at slip off Mitchell Johnson before Joe Root was next to follow him back to the pavilion after providing Adam Voges with an easy caught and bowled.
When England reached 59-3, Jonathon Trott was on a steady 28 not out and skipper Morgan alongside side on five.
Bad weather had delayed play for about half an hour which left little doubt about the decision the toss winning captain would make but after 15 overs more heavy rain meant the match had to be abandoned by 6.30pm.
The only change in the line-ups was made by the Australian team, seamer Josh Hazlewood was selected ahead of leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.
The tourists lead the series 1-0 as the two rivals now move to Cardiff’s SWALEC stadium on Saturday before the series concludes with a day-night clash at the Ageas Bowl on Monday.