The primary of England’s Ashes warm-ups was deserted after solely 29 overs had been attainable within the three-day tour match between the 2 visiting sides.
Persistent rain and storms restricted play on Tuesday and ensured no play was attainable on Wednesday or Thursday between England and the England Lions at Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane’s bayside suburbs.
The England squad has one other inside tour match scheduled from subsequent Tuesday at Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane earlier than the five-test Ashes collection begins Dec. 8 on the Gabba.
With extra rain on the forecast for early subsequent week, there’s the prospect that England’s star gamers Joe Root and Ben Stokes may begin the primary take a look at with none observe in match situations.
Állrounder Stokes hasn’t performed a take a look at match since March. His final recreation of any type of cricket was in July, with accidents and time away from the sport for psychological well being causes protecting him on the sidelines.
Stokes was within the first group of England cricketers who arrived in Brisbane on Nov. 6 to start a 14-day quarantine at a luxurious Gold Coast resort. The rest of the squad, together with Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler, arrived following England’s semifinal loss to New Zealand on the Twenty20 World Cup within the United Arab Emirates.
The moist climate may additionally have an effect on Australia’s preparations, with a three-day intra-squad match scheduled for Peter Burge Oval from subsequent Wednesday set to find out the ultimate make-up of the house facet for the Gabba take a look at.
Australia holds the Ashes, having received at residence in 2017-18 and retaining the urn when the 2019 collection in England was drawn.
The Australians are coming off a victory within the Twenty20 World Cup however have had restricted preparation for long-form cricket and are unsure over who will lead the take a look at group. Captain Tim Paine give up final week after particulars had been printed of a text-message scandal from 4 years in the past. His substitute is ready to be introduced later this week.