Ashes: England’s bowlers finally get some match training in the warm-up

England’s bowlers FINALLY get some match training for the Ashes after five days of crucial warm-up games were washed out… but now Australia’s opening test in Brisbane is in danger of being rained out anyway

  • England’s bowlers finally got some practice for the Ashes
  • Preparations for the series in Australia are hampered by wet weather
  • England’s five days of warm-up matches are at least partially washed away
  • The first two days of the team match against England Lions were lost
  • But James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes finally cast on day three
  • Torrential rain is predicted to interrupt the first test of the series in Brisbane


England’s bowlers finally got some match training for the Ashes as the wet weather in Brisbane eased so their final warm-up game could begin.

The first two days of the team’s game against England Lions were watered down, but players like James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes were able to bowl on day three.

Prior to the 80 overs completed on Thursday, England had only had 29 overs from match training since their arrival in Australia – hardly ideal preparation for the opening test at The Gabba on December 8.

Stuart Broad bowls in England’s intra-squad match against England Lions in Brisbane

Ben Stokes was able to get some much needed game training in the final warm up game

Ben Stokes was able to get some much needed game training in the final warm up game

James Anderson bowled eight overs as England's final Ashes warm-up game finally got underway

Ben Stokes threw 12 overs in the Ian Healy Oval on Wednesday

James Anderson (left) bowled eight overs in Brisbane, while Stokes (right) took down 12 overs

Those 29 overs came on the first day of another game within the squad against England Lions, seeing only opening batsmen Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed in training. The rest of the three-day race was washed away.

Stokes took two wickets in his 12 overs, while Anderson threw eight and Broad 11 when the Lions finished the first day at 226 for four, with Zak Crawley as the top scorer with 45.

Ollie Robinson was able to get 12 overs, Jack Leach 18 and Saqib Mahmood nine when England’s probable bowling attack for the first Test finally got their arm across the ground.

Captain Joe Root took one wicket in his four overs, while Liam Norwell took the other wicket.

England captain Joe Root looks delighted to finally be on the pitch after two wasted days

England captain Joe Root looks delighted to finally be on the pitch after two wasted days

Dark clouds loom over Brisbane's Ian Healy Oval with wet Queensland weather

Dark clouds loom over Brisbane’s Ian Healy Oval with wet Queensland weather

With only one day left of this match, there is a real danger that England will be undercooked at the first Test of the Ashes at the unforgiving Brisbane venue.

The good news is that Australia’s preparations have also been hampered by the weather with their own three-day exhibition game against Australia A, also ruined by the weather.

There is also a very real possibility that the first Test could also be a complete splurge, with storms forecast to hit Brisbane for the first four days when the game starts next Wednesday.

Jos Buttler (left), Stuart Broad (center) and Joe Root (right) on the pitch in Brisbane

Jos Buttler (left), Stuart Broad (center) and Joe Root (right) on the pitch in Brisbane

Spinner Jack Leach bowled 18 overs on the third day of the final warm-up match in Brisbane

Spinner Jack Leach bowled 18 overs on the third day of the final warm-up match in Brisbane

The same unusual La Nina weather pattern that has seriously disrupted both teams’ preparations will dominate the forecast with torrential rains expected on Australia’s east coast.

The potentially soggy conditions increase the chances of England going into the Ashes with an all-seam attack that could leave spinner Leach in Brisbane and Root requested some variation.

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