Rain delays start of play in fifth test

London: The start of the fourth day`s play in the fifth and final Ashes test between England and Australia was delayed by 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.