London - Rain delayed the scheduled 12:00 start of the
second day's play in the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and
Australia at The Oval on Thursday.
At stumps on Wednesday's first
day, Australia were 307 for four as they sought a consolation victory in
a five-match series already won by England at 3-0 up.
Watson's Test-best 176 was the cornerstone of Australia's imposing
total. It was only his third Test hundred - his first in 25 matches and
48 innings since his previous best of 126 against India at Mohali in
All-rounder Watson was especially severe on England
debutant bowlers Chris Woakes, a medium-pacer, and left-arm spinner
Simon Kerrigan who ended the day with expensive poor combined figures of
none for 105 in 23 overs.
England have never won four Tests in a
home Ashes series, while it is 36 years since Australia last went
through an Ashes without winning a single Test.