Ashes: Ben Stokes’ return to action delayed by rain on first day of warm-up match in Australia

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

Stokes has been included in England’s Ashes squad after taking an indefinite break from all cricket in July to prioritise his mental well-being and rest a finger, which he had fractured.

England openers Haseeb Hameed (53 not out) and Rory Burns (39 not out) had taken England to 98 without loss before play was halted early in the second session in Wellington Point.

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Ben Stokes’ return to action was delayed after rain cut day one of England’s Ashes warm-up game short

Haseeb Hameed scored an unbeaten half-century against England Lions in Brisbane

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BRISBANE WEATHER FORECAST 

Day 2 (Wednesday) – Thundery showers and light winds, highs of 26 degrees celsius

Day 3 (Thursday) –  Thundery showers and light winds, highs of 26 degrees celsius

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Durham all-rounder Stokes, set to bat at number five, made his last England appearance in a one-day international against Pakistan in July.

He however was denied the chance to bat on the opening day and spent much of the lunch break bowling, steaming in looking sharp as he prepared for his first Test since March against India in Ahmedabad.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology also on Tuesday declared that a La Nina weather event is under way in the Pacific, which is likely to lead to a cooler, damper and stormier summer for those in the north and east of the country.

And it could keep Stokes waiting for a chance to bat, with similar forecasts currently predicted for the second and final day of the warm-up match on Wednesday and Thursday.

A second intra-squad match is also scheduled to take place next week in the same city at the Ian Healy Oval.

England’s Ashes squad members who were involved in the T20 World Cup have not been included in the warm-up match and will stay in quarantine for one more week.

The first Ashes Test at the Gabba starts on December 8 and the fifth and final Test is scheduled for Perth’s Optus Stadium on January 14.

Rory Burns (centre) made unbeaten 39 before the rain came down during the second session

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