The final Ashes Test appears to be heading for a draw with heavy rain expected to curtail chances of play on day four at The Oval.
England battled back on Friday to close on 247-4, with Ian Bell (29no) and Chris Woakes (15no) unbeaten.
But they may have to wait to add to their tallies, with a wet day predicted in south London.
When the weather does abate, Alastair Cook's side will resume 245 runs adrift of Australia, after they posted a first innings total of 492-9.
The anticipated draw would see England secure a 3-0 Ashes series triumph to leave them in confident mood heading into this winter's return series in Australia.