Haseeb Hameed hits unbeaten fifty in England warm-up match before rain cuts day one short

Starters Haseeb Hameed (53rd) and Rory Burns (39th) shared an unbroken 98-run partnership in England’s pre-Ashes prep game against the England Lions in Brisbane; Ben Stokes will have to wait to return to the field, as the first day he was abandoned after 29 overs due to rain.

Haseeb Hameed was 53 when rain stopped play in Brisbane

Ben Stokes’ return to action has been delayed after the opening day of England’s warm-up game against the England Lions in Brisbane was interrupted due to rain.

Stokes has been inducted into England’s Ashes team after taking an indefinite break from all of cricket in July to prioritize his mental well-being and rest a broken finger.

England starters Haseeb Hameed (53 not out) and Rory Burns (39 not out) had led England to 98 without losing before play was stopped early in the second session at Wellington Point.

Durham Stokes’ all-rounder, set to hit No. 5, made his last appearance for England in a one-day international game against Pakistan in July.

Members of the England Ashes team that participated in the T20 World Cup have not been included in the warm-up match and will remain in quarantine for one more week.

The first ash test at Gabba begins on December 8 and the fifth and final test is scheduled for Perth’s Optus Stadium on January 14.

Ben Stokes will make his return to the field in England’s preparation game against the England Lions

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