Twenty20 is hit by the rain again

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Y rain yesterday accounted for the Twenty20 series between England and Australia with the Old Trafford pitch deemed unplayable for the second time in three days.<br /><br />Sunday&rsquo;s first Twenty20 game was ended prematurely by rain while yesterday&rsquo;s second and final match was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to problems with the wet outfield.<br /><br />Disappointed England captain Paul Collingwood said: &ldquo;We wanted to get out there and play but you have to be realistic and make a brave decision. There&rsquo;s an area of concern with the run-ups and it&rsquo;s unfit for international cricket.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s disappointing for the fans who have turned up and for those watching at home. Both teams were desperate to get out there but the conditions have taken over.&rdquo;<br /><br />Play was due to get underway at 7pm but an initial inspection highlighted problems with the bowlers&rsquo; run-ups, prompting a second inspection at 7.45pm.<br /><br />But to the obvious disappointment of the full house gathered in Manchester, the match had to be called off.<br /><br />The two sides will now reconvene at The Oval on Friday for the first of seven one-day internationals.