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ngland was forced to train indoors once more after rain ended his first Ashes warm-up with a total of just 29 overs played.

Thursday saw the second straight day in a row completely washed out of their three-day game against the England Lions.

The opening day was shortened by rain, meaning only Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed played cricket in the likely England XI at Gabba on December 8.

“We’re going to be a good indoor cricket team,” Stuart Broad joked on Instagram.

The lack of meaningful cricket practice is a concern for England. Broad and Ben Stokes haven’t played competitively for four months, while others are also under-prepared.

They have a four-day intra-squad game next week, when their T20 World Cup players will have joined them.

The damp, moderate build-up is in stark contrast to Ashes’ previous tours. Last time in 2017/18 England played 10 days of cricket, while before their triumph in 2017/18 – considered the gold standard of Ashes preparation – they played three premieres class.


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