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England Lions and Australia A were frustrated by the weather as rain washed out the second day of their four-day match at Edgbaston.

The rain arrived just as the players had started their warm-ups and it continued until early afternoon, by which time pools of water were left standing on the outfield.

With further heavy rain forecast, umpires Neil Mallender and Tim Robinson decided to abandon play for the day after a 1:40pm inspection.

The washout continued a dismal summer of international cricket at Edgbaston, where three days of England’s Investec Test against West Indies were washed out completely along with a NatWest Series one-day international against Australia in July.

Australia A will resume their first innings on 308 for nine when the match continues on Thursday after Glamorgan seamer James Harris returned 6-102, his best figures since May 2007, on the opening day.

The tourists are still seeking their first win after a defeat by Durham and draws with Derbyshire and the Lions.

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