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Soggy conclusion to Australia A tour

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Australia A's short tour of England ended with a last-day washout in the second unofficial Test against England Lions at Edgbaston.

Overnight rain topped up the already high water levels and umpires Neil Mallender and Tim Robinson decided to abandon the match as a draw after making their second pitch inspection at 10:45pm.

The washout followed another blank day on Wednesday and a further 41 overs were lost to rain and bad light on Thursday which meant that the match had still to take shape with England Lions 240 for five in their first innings in reply to Australia A's 308 for nine declared.

Four out of six days of senior international cricket at Edgbaston have also been lost to the weather during a soggy summer in Birmingham.

Today’s abandonment ensures Australia A will return home without having won a game on their four-match tour.

Both games against England Lions were drawn as was their opening encounter against Derbyshire. They also suffered a 19-run defeat to Durham two weeks ago.

“In a two-game series to effectively have three days of eight washed out has made it hard in a tour which we were hoping would be the pinnacle,” said Australia A captain Ed Cowan.

“I thought we played some good cricket for long periods of time but probably let ourselves down in other areas.

“All in all I think it's been a successful tour on a number of fronts but it's disappointing to finish like this."

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