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England’s ashes preparations suffered a severe blow when the third day of the first preparation match was abandoned due to rain

England’s ashes preparations dealt ANOTHER blow as the third consecutive day of the first warm-up match is abandoned due to heavy rain in Brisbane … with key men still to face a ball before the first test in two weeks

  • The third day of England’s preparation game for the Ashes was canceled due to rain
  • Heavy rains also affected the first two days, as the game had to be interrupted.
  • Starters Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns had led England to 98 without losing.


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England faces the real prospect of being unprepared to face Australia in the first Test from the Ashes after the third day of their first warm-up match against the England Lions was abandoned due to rain.

England had to resume 98 without losing with Haseeb Hameed (53) and Rory Burns (39) in the fold.

Some of England’s biggest stars could now head to the first ashes test at the Gabba with hardly ever having faced a ball, as the humid weather has sunk over the three days of their preparation in Brisbane.

England could head to Ashes' first test at Gabba unprepared after rain swept through for the third day in a row in their warm-up game with the England Lions.

England could head to Ashes’ first test at Gabba unprepared after rain swept through for the third day in a row in their warm-up game with the England Lions.

Heavy rains off the Queensland coast have caused the third day of England's preparation match to be canceled.

Heavy rains off the Queensland coast have caused the third day of England's preparation match to be canceled.

Heavy rains off the Queensland coast have caused the third day of England’s preparation match to be canceled on Thursday.

Tuesday’s opening day was interrupted at the second session at Wellington Point, and an early call was made to withdraw the second day on Wednesday after heavy rains off the Queensland coast.

The rain continued on Thursday, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology recorded nearly a five-millimeter drop between 9am (11pm London) and 12pm when the match was abandoned.

Continued bad weather could leave key members of the England team, particularly Ben Stokes, at risk of being denied the opportunity to hit.

Ben Stokes' return to action was further delayed after he was unable to play on the third day of the England Ashes warm-up.

Ben Stokes' return to action was further delayed after he was unable to play on the third day of the England Ashes warm-up.

Ben Stokes’ return to action was further delayed after he was unable to play on the third day of the England Ashes warm-up.

Stokes has been inducted into England’s Ashes team after taking an indefinite hiatus from all of cricket in July to prioritize his mental well-being and rest a broken finger.

Durham Stokes’ all-rounder, set to hit No. 5, made his last appearance for England in a one-day international game against Pakistan in July.

He was denied a chance to hit on days one and two, but he spent much of opening day lunch bowling, enraged and looking strong as he prepared for his first test since March, which was against India in Ahmedabad.

Rory Burns (center) went undefeated 39 before it rained during the second session

Rory Burns (center) went undefeated 39 before it rained during the second session

Rory Burns (center) went undefeated 39 before it rained during the second session

A second team game is also scheduled next week in the same city at the Ian Healy Oval.

Members of England’s Ashes team that participated in the T20 World Cup have not been included in the warm-up match and will remain in quarantine for one more week.

The first test in Gabba begins on December 8 and the fifth and final test is scheduled for Optus Stadium in Perth on January 14.

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