England will have to win the remaining pair of games if they are to take the NatWest Series after rain ruined the third one-day International against Australia at Edgbaston.
The hosts had struggled to reach 59-3 in the 15.1 overs of play that were possible in Birmingham after being put into bat under heavy skies.
Michael Carberry perished for just a single after a mix-up with opening partner Kevin Pietersen, who himself contributed just six to England's cause.
Joe Root was also dismissed, providing a return catch to Adam Voges when on 12, before the heavens opened and the players were forced from the field.
Jonathan Trott was unbeaten on 28 at that stage, the Warwickshire batsman having hit two boundaries during his 41-ball knock on home soil, with stand-in skipper Eoin Morgan alongside him on five not out.
Bad weather had already delayed the start of proceedings but there was little doubt that whoever won the toss would put their opponents in, particularly with the threat of further stoppages during the day-night encounter.
Australia - 1-0 up after their impressive win at Old Trafford in the second of five matches - had opted to make one change to their team, seamer Josh Hazlewood selected ahead of leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.
England opted to stick with the same XI - and it soon became clear the extra depth in their batting line-up could be crucial.
Carberry gave himself up after hesitation over a quick single while Pietersen quickly joined him back in the pavilion, his attempts to go after a short delivery from Mitchell Johnson only resulting in him clothing a catch to square leg.
Trott had to overturn one lbw decision against him on DRS and then survived when Australia called a review for another, both against the left-arm pace of Johnson with Michael Gough the umpire.
There was no doubt over Root's dismissal, though, as the Yorkshire batsman fell in the first over of part-time left-arm spin from Voges.
The two teams now move on to Cardiff for the fourth ODI on Saturday before the series concludes with a day-nighter at the Ageas Bowl on Monday. Both games can be seen live on Sky Sports.