Rain wiped out the fourth day's play at the Kia Oval, leaving the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series heading towards a rather tame draw.
Not a ball was able to be bowled on Saturday with umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Aleem Dar finally calling off proceedings shortly after 4pm.
England hold a 3-0 lead in the series and with the urn safe once again, the hosts all but shut down the game on day three, responding defensively to Australia's first innings total of 492-9 declared.
They crawled to 247-4 by stumps, Joe Root (68) and Kevin Pietersen (50) both registering half-centuries, as just 215 runs were added in 98.3 overs.
Ian Bell will be due to resume on Sunday with 29 to his name and with the real possibility of making a fourth century in the series.
Chris Woakes, who is 15 not out on debut, will be alongside his Warwickshire colleague, the pair looking to add a further 46 runs to see their team past the follow-on target.
If, as it looks, the game finishes as a draw, it means England will have avoided a single defeat in an Ashes series for the first time since 1977. It will also stretch Australia's run without a Test triumph to nine matches.