For England, it was their second successive game affected by rain. While not a single ball was bowled on Friday, England lost to Ireland via DLS method after rain spoiled play towards the end of the match.
“They (the umpires) had some big concerns, and I think, rightly so. The outfield is very wet, there are some areas inside the 30-yard circle that were not fit for play. So As much as we all want to play cricket, it has to be safe and it certainly wasn’t that,” Buttler said.
“I think every bowler who bowled there would have had concerns. Player safety is very important and it was not fit to play whether it was our bowlers or Australia’s bowlers. I think the right call was made.”
Even the afternoon match at the MCG between Afghanistan and Ireland was rained out. Melbourne has experienced unusual rain at this time of the year, although cricket season in Australia starts from November.
Asked about rain making their path to the semi-finals more difficult, Butler said: “I don’t really have any frustrations. I’m not a weather expert in Australia at this time of year, but we all want to play full cricket matches. Of course we do.
“Obviously we play a sport that’s outdoors and the elements are a big part of our game. It affects the surfaces we play on, it affects conditions in an intriguing way, and that’s what makes our sport really unique. .
“But now unfortunately we’ve had two games affected by the weather. You don’t want to be involved in those games, but it’s going to happen wherever you play in the world.”