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England frustrated again



England endured a second successive washout in their tour match against Australia A, with no play possible on day three of four at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval.

Several hours of rain, and then wet bowlers' run-ups, frustrated the tourists again today.

It all meant they could not build on captain Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry piling up 318 for none on day one when the opening batsmen struck 154 and 153 respectively.

England's batting coach spoke of the "frustration" among players anxious to fine-tune preparations for the first Test at Brisbane in under two weeks' time.

"I don't think it's the sort of climatic conditions we expect when you come to Australia," he said.

"It's always frustrating for cricketers. You want to get out there and play.

"You want to show what you can do and get your game in good order, with big matches coming up.

"I think a lot of them are sanguine about it, because they are used to it - but it is frustrating."

The tourists’ seamers made the best of the situation today by doing fitness drills on the outfield.

Like today, tomorrow's scheduled start is at 9.30am local time.

Click here for images of day three.

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