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England risk under-prepared for Ashes series as bad weather continues to hamper preparations

The England Ashes’ preparation took another hit when the rain washed away on day two of their first intra-team warm-up game in Brisbane.

Further downpours saw the second day canceled before England even reached the ground.

Problematically, heavier rains are expected next week as Queensland – the Sunshine State – is battered by the La Nina weather system which is currently affecting Australia.

That leaves England – and Australia – at risk of being seriously under-prepared for the series, which begins two weeks Wednesday at the Gabba.

A lack of match training is particularly problematic for Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad, who have not played since midsummer due to injury.

England have a four-day game scheduled for next week, when they will have been joined by the five players still in quarantine following the T20 World Cup.

They desperately hope the weather improves.


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