LONDON:- Australia's hopes of forcing a consolation win in their Ashes finale against England were left hanging by a thread after rain washed out the whole of the fourth day's play. Conditions worsened throughout the day and the umpires finally abandoned play for the day at 4.06pm local time with only a handful of hardy spectators still in the ground. The bad weather was especially frustrating for Australia, who were seeking a first win in nine Tests and trying to avoid their first Ashes series without a Test victory since 1977. –AFP