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Australia vs England game abandoned, decision not to use Marvel Stadium slammed, rain, pointscore table

The ICC’s decision not to use Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium as a back-up venue for the T20 World Cup has come under fire after Australia’s game against England was washed out on Friday night.

The blockbuster clash was abandoned without a ball being bowled, with rain spoiling the party at the MCG.

The umpires and captains inspected the pitch and sodden outfield before the rain returned, prompting the game to be called off.

It was the fourth match of the tournament to be abandoned without a result.

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Melbourne’s wild weather also saw the earlier game between New Zealand and Afghanistan at the MCG abandoned.

It was a frustrating outcome for Australia and England in particular, who were both desperate for a win after losing games to New Zealand and Ireland,…

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