Fifth Ashes Test: Series approaches damp conclusion as England prepare to lift urn
England captain Alastair Cook will lift the Ashes urn today regardless of the rain continuing to blight the final Test.
Last Updated: 25/08/13 1:22pm
No play was possible on Saturday as relentless downpours left The Oval sodden and, while the forecast for this afternoon is bright, a draw is a near-certainty.
The covers came off in the morning and umpires will inspect at 11am, but ground staff estimate it will take up to two hours to dry the outfield and the teams are expected to take an early lunch.
England have already retained the Ashes and lead 3-0 in the five-Test series, and a presentation ceremony will take place after whatever play is possible.
Cook's side begin the day 245 runs behind Australia's first-innings 429-9, with six wickets in hand and Warwickshire pair Ian Bell and Chris Woakes at the crease.
England's go-slow tactics on Friday infuriated the tourists, and Aussie debutant James Faulkner has accused England of "going into their shell" when threatened by opponents.
"If you are 3-0 there is no reason you shouldn't try to get 4-0 up," he said. "That's their choice. If you face 116 overs for 240 it is a pretty boring day.
"When they come to Australia in November it will be played on our terms. They will be in for a hell of a challenge."