Weather ruins England's Ashes warm-up

The England v England Lions Tour match in Brisbane has been abandoned due to wet weather, with only 29 overs of play at Peter Burge Oval.

Play has been abandoned on the final day of England's crucial Ashes warm-up game in Brisbane.

Only 29 overs were possible in the three-day Tour match between England and the England Lions at Peter Burge Oval, constant storms ensuring no play was possible on either Wednesday or Thursday.

The England squad has another three-day tour match scheduled from Tuesday next week, before the Ashes opener at the Gabba from December 8.

More rain is forecast though, with the prospect that the tourist's star men Joe Root and Ben Stokes may arrive for the first Test without facing a single ball in a match scenario.

Stokes in particular is desperate for time in the middle, with the allrounder's most recent Test in March and his last game of any form of cricket in July after injuries and time away from the game for mental health reasons.

The wet weather could also spoil Australia's preparations, with a three-day intra-squad match scheduled for Peter Burge Oval from Wednesday set to determine the final make-up of the XI for the Gabba Test.