Rain delayed play on the second morning of the fifth Investec Ashes Test, giving England extra time to collect themselves after a tough start to the match.
Australia reached 307 for four on day one, Shane Watson finally delivering the goods with a dominant 176 - his first century in almost three years and maiden ton against England.
James Anderson took two wickets and there was a wicket apiece for Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, but it was a day to forget for debutants Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes.
With the series already won, England surprisingly awarded the duo their first caps at the Kia Oval but the decision backfired spectacularly as they returned combined figures of nought for 105 in 23 overs.
Kerrigan, in particular, looked bereft of confidence as Watson bullied him out of the attack but the arrival of showers at the ground meant there would no early chance to make amends.
The umpires will assess conditions when the rain stops, with forecasts suggesting mixed weather for much of the day.