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Wet outfield kills off second Twenty20

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Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood traipses over the Old Trafford outfield, the condition of which ultimately caused the match to be abandoned

The NatWest International Twenty20 trophy will be shared by England and Australia after the second match at Old Trafford was abandoned due to a soggy outfield.

Two pitch inspections conducted by umpires Nigel Llong and Peter Hartley at 7pm BST and 7.45pm were unsuccessful, and the match was called off at 7.55pm without a ball bowled, ending the chance of Australia gaining partial revenge for their Ashes defeat.

Thunderstorms hit Manchester in the afternoon, leading to puddles appearing on the outfield.

Lancashire groundstaff managed to clear most of the damp, but a problem area persisted at the Brian Statham End, and it was deemed unsafe for quick bowlers to run into.

It is a frustrating a way for the series to finish and leaves both sides short of Twenty20 practise ahead of next April's ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies.

The first match on Sunday was abandoned seven balls into England’s innings, after Australia had set a target of 146.

The one-day leg of the tour continues with seven ODIs, the first of which takes place at the Brit Oval on Friday.

ECB will be holding a full inquiry into the circumstances leading up to the abandonment of the game at Old Trafford. ECB's head pitch inspector Chris Wood will be meeting Lancashire CCC staff and officials Sept 2 and reporting back to the ECB Board.

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