England frustrated by rain yet again as play washed out in final Test warm-up

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The tourists have played just two days of red-ball cricket in Sri Lanka ahead of the first Test next week

England’s preparations for the first Test against Sri Lanka took a hit as the opening day of their final warm-up match was washed out.

The team were still in the hotel when the match against a Board XI in Colombo was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

England were left frustrated by the weather yet again

England were left frustrated by the weather yet again

An agreement has been hatched to turn the planned two-day fixture into a 50-over-a-side game on Friday but, with weather forecasts in the area mixed, there is a chance even that may not be fulfilled.

Should that be the case England will travel to Galle for the series opener with Sri Lanka with just two days of red-ball cricket under their belt.


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Spinner Jack Leach had more reason to feel frustrated than most and admitted to “itchy feet”.

Should Galle provide the kind of turning track it is renowned for, Leach will surely be a strong candidate for a second Test cap, but he is still waiting for his first meaningful action of the trip having been left out of the previous fixture alongside Olly Stone.

Leach has been denied playing time once again

Leach has been denied playing time once again

“It’s frustrating for everyone, but obviously I want to get out there and get into the tour,” he said.

“You get a bit of itchy feet, you’re watching and thinking ‘I’d love to get my first few overs bowled’ but I’ve been working hard in the nets, bowling a lot and feeling good.

“If there’s more rain around it’s about going to Galle, having two days of prep there and putting your name in the hat through nets. Whatever happens I’ll give it my best shot.”

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