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Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns partner with England as rain affects ash heat
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ust 29 overs were possible due to rain on the Ashes’ first day of warm-up in England, but Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns took the limited opportunity to continue building their promising opening partnership.

An England XI (containing 12 players, including three Lions) beat in the first of three days against a Lions XI (also 12, including two from the main team) at the Redlands CC in Brisbane.

England were due to beat 90 overs on day one, but the rain only allowed 29. Burns and Hameed rose to 98 unbeaten, the latter dominating the strike in his unbeaten 53. The Lions attack included Saqib Mahmood .

Burns and Hameed have split two centuries of three-round stands opening together in the summer, and an encouraging form like this makes it more likely that they will date at Gabba in a fortnight. Zak Crawley is England’s other option at the top of the list.

Their form denied Ben Stokes a bat on his return to action, but he had a long bowl at lunchtime.

James Anderson does not play this game as he judges his own workload in preparing for a series of tests, while Craig Overton has a minor issue. The two are expected to take part in the four-day intra-squad match next week. Until then, England’s T20 World Cup players will no longer be quarantined in Gold Coast.

Andrew Gaggin, president of Cricket Tasmania – Paine’s home state – released a scorching statement about CA’s handling of the sexting scandal that saw Paine resign on Friday.

“From the conversations I have had over the past few days, it is clear that the anger among the Tasmanian cricket community and the general public is palpable,” said Gaggin.

Tim Paine is now back in action after injury and recent sexting scandal

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“Tim Paine has been a beacon for Australian cricket for the past four years and helped save the reputation of the national team after the Cape Town calamity.

“Yet at a time when [Cricket Australia] should have supported Tim, he was obviously seen as superfluous. The treatment given to the Australian test captain by Cricket Australia has been appalling, and the worst since Bill Lawry over 50 years ago.


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