England are out of the Women’s T20 World Cup after their semi-final against India was called off without a ball being bowled.

Heavy rain caused a delay as the two sides waited to see if they would be able to take the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with organisers later deciding to abandon the match.

“A gutting way for our T20 World Cup journey to end,” England Cricket tweeted.

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The semi-final between England and India was rained off without a ball being bowled (Rick Rycroft/AP)

Ex-Malmesbury school pupil Fran Wilson, who was part of the squad, scored 39 runs during the tournament.

England were eliminated as the absence of a reserve day meant India progressed after topping Group A compared to England’s result as runners-up in Group B.

Captain Heather Knight has called on the International Cricket Council to insert a reserve day at future Women’s T20 World Cups.

“It’s the rules I guess. We signed up to it at the start of the tournament,” Knight told Sky Sports.

“It’s just frustrating really and it could have been avoided and you hope that now it is brought into the game in the future.

“That’s what you need isn’t it? There needs to be something wrong and something to be not quite right to get that rule change, hopefully that does change but that’s up to the ICC.

“Hopefully there will be a rule change and another side won’t have to go through this.”

The result sees India qualify for the first time for the tournament’s final, where they will meet either Australia or South Africa. The latter will progress if the match is washed out.