Rain forces England out of T20 World Cup

England are out of the Women’s T20 World Cup after their semi-final against India was called off without a ball being bowled.

Heavy rain caused a delay as the two sides waited to see if they would be able to take the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with organisers later deciding to abandon the match.

“A gutting way for our T20 World Cup journey to end,” England Cricket tweeted.

England are relying on the rain to stay away at Sydney (David Davies/PA)
England were relying on the rain to stay away in Sydney (David Davies/PA)

England were eliminated as the absence of a reserve day meant India progressed after topping Group A compared to England’s result as runners-up in Group B.

The result sees India qualify for the first time for the tournament’s final, where they will meet either Australia or South Africa. The latter will progress if the match is washed out.

Earlier, former England captain Charlotte Edwards said it would be “totally unfair” for rain to decide who progressed to the final.

☔ MATCH ABANDONED ☔

For the first time in their history, India have qualified for the Women's #T20WorldCup final 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/88DHzqTbnK

— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) March 5, 2020

She called for a review into the rule that allows group winners to go through in case of bad weather.

“England will be kicking themselves they didn’t top the group,” Edwards told Sky Sports News. “It’s going to be a disappointing day tomorrow for all involved.

“It has to be looked at in my opinion. This is a massive event for all of the players.”

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