Storm stops play in Ashes test

Rain stopped play after lunch on the fourth day of the first Ashes test at the Gabba on Sunday.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen. Picture: EWN

BRISBANE - Rain stopped play after lunch on the fourth day of the first Ashes test at the Gabba on Sunday, a welcome respite for England who were 142 for four chasing 561 for an unlikely victory.

A serious thunderstorm warning was earlier issued for the Brisbane area and the floodlights were already on before the first drops of rain started to fall and the umpires called the players off.

England skipper Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 65 with Joe Root alongside him on six after Kevin Pietersen (26) and Ian Bell (32) were dismissed earlier in the day.

Australia are looking for a first victory in 10 tests as they bid to prevent England from winning a fourth successive Ashes series.