The elements could have the last say in who wins the current series.
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior does not subscribe to the thought that if England retain the Ashes due to a draw at Old Trafford it will be a hollow victory.
Heavy overnight rain has cast a sever doubt about action in Manchester in the final and decisive game in the third Test of the series.
The big turning point in the game came when England avoided the follow on, increasing the chance Australia would need to bat again in order to set the home side a big enough target on a flat pitch.
But with the England side using slow tactics coupled with more than hour’s play being lost due to bad light and rain on day four, the Three Lions are in the box seat to retain the title.