England are continung to build up to their Women's Ashes opener in Brisbane despite preparations being hampered after their two scheduled warm-up games were called off due to rain.
Their first fixture – against a Cricket Australia XI – was a stop-start affair that was called off after 18 overs and their second, against Queensland Fire, was abandoned before a ball could be bowled.
The unseasonal weather saw a month’s worth of rain fall on Queensland over the weekend and attempts to get outside have been fruitless. England’s opponents Australia have endured similar frustration with two warm-up games also falling foul of the weather.
England Head Coach Mark Robinson said: “It’s obviously hugely frustrating but there isn’t much you can do about the weather. We’re itching to be out on grass and be competitive. We’ve had 18 overs [in Monday’s first warm-up] and that was truncated by three rain breaks.”
England will play an internal practice match tomorrow, as they look to find time in the middle.
The first game of the Women’s Ashes is due to be played on Sunday, at a sold-out Allan Border Field. It’s the first of three ODIs preceding a day-night Test match and three T20Is.
Each limited-overs match is two points for a victory, with the Test carrying four points for a win and two if the match is drawn.