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Rain washes out England tour match against Australia A

November 08, 2013 13:20 IST

Persistent rain on Friday washed out a second day's play in England's tour match against Australia A in Hobart, frustrating the tourists' hopes of getting maximum batting practice in the lead up to the first Ashes test in Brisbane.

Groundstaff cover the pitch at the Bellrive Oval on FridayEngland remain on 318 without loss from a wicketless first day on Wednesday, but have not faced a ball since at Bellerive Oval.

Unable to resume since flaying Australia A's bowlers on day one, Alastair Cook (154 not out) and fellow opener Michael Carberry (153 not out) are likely to retire to allow their team mates time at the crease when play resumes at 9:30 a.m. (2230 GMT) on Saturday.

England won the first of back-to-back Ashes 3-0 at home and are bidding to win a fourth consecutive series against Australia Down Under. The first test starts at the Gabba on November 21. 

Image: Groundstaff cover the pitch as rain falls before play can start during day three of the tour match between Australia A and England at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Australia. on Friday

Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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