Wednesday, December 2, 1998 Published at 12:43 GMT
Storm saves England's blushes
Dramatic scenes prevented play in the final session in Brisbane
Alec Stewart's side were struggling on 179 for six in Brisbane when the umpires decided to take an early tea with lightning flashing around the ground and bad light closing in.
The downpour began within minutes, flooding the playing area with inches of water and the match was eventually abandoned as a draw.
"I'd like to have played with lights because I think that would have given us up to tea, although we would have been troubled to go beyond that," said Taylor.
"People want to see results, and if lights can provide us with the time to finish a game then they should be used."
McGrath draws first blood
Fast bowler McGrath struck in the 10th over of the day - the 11th time he has claimed Atherton's wicket in the last eight Tests they have played against each other.
McGrath claimed a psychological advantage over his rival last summer, but few of the previous dismissals could have been obtained so easily as the former England captain hooked the ball straight to Damien Fleming at deep fine leg.
Hussain was beaten numerous times by extravagant turn and Butcher, dropped on 18 by Mark Taylor at slip, padded up unconvincingly and was given leg before for 40.
Captain Alec Stewart lasted just three overs more before occasional off-spinner Waugh, who had been launched for sixes in successive overs by Hussain, had him caught by Ponting at silly mid-off.
Spinners spark collapse
The tourists then lost Mark Ramprakash, Graham Thorpe and Hussain in a nightmare 15 minutes after lunch.
Ramprakash was left stranded down the wicket when he tried to attack MacGill and the ball spun sharply, giving Ian Healy a comfortable stumping chance.
"I would like to think Robert Croft and Dominic Cork and the batsmen who were still to come in could have saved the game in the proper fashion," he said.
Australia: 485 & 237; England first innings: 375
England second innings:
M A Butcher lbw MacGill 40
Total (for six wickets, 68 overs) 179
Fall: 1-46 2-96 3-103 4-133 5-148 6-161
Did Not Bat: D Gough, A R C Fraser, A D Mullally.
Bowling: McGrath 16-6-30-1; Kasprowicz 8-3-28-0; Fleming 7-2-12-0; MacGill 22-4-51-3; M E Waugh 14-0-55-2; Ponting 1-1-0-0