Day two of England’s Ashes warm-up match washed out by persistent rain

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No play was possible on the second day of England’s warm-up match against England Lions in Brisbane.

England were due to resume on 98 without loss with Haseeb Hameed (53) and Rory Burns (39) at the crease.

“No play today on Day 2 of our first Ashes tour match due to this,” England Cricket tweeted with an umbrella emoji and a video clip showing a sodden outfield at Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane.

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