England, battling to save the opening Ashes test, were 142 for four chasing an unlikely 561 to beat Australia when a short but dramatic hailstorm precipitated an early tea break on the fourth day at the Gabba.
England skipper Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 65 with Joe Root alongside him on six when the players were taken off the field after Kevin Pietersen (26) and Ian Bell (32) had been dismissed earlier in the day.
England still trailed the hosts by 418 runs with just six wickets in hand and four sessions remaining in the match.
An Australian newspaper has banned the name 'Stuart Broad' replacing it with 'Stuart Fraud' after the Ashes controversy last summer.
Kevin Pietersen insists he is revelling in the exchange of insults between himself and the Australian press.