Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns build England partnership as rain forces early end to first day of Ashes warm-up

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Haseeb Hameed hit an unbeaten 53 for England on a rain-shortened first day of their Ashes warm-up  (Getty Images)
Haseeb Hameed hit an unbeaten 53 for England on a rain-shortened first day of their Ashes warm-up (Getty Images)

Just 29 overs were possible due to rain on England’s first day of Ashes warm-up action, but Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns used the limited opportunity to continue building their promising opening partnership.

An England XI (containing 12 players, including three Lions) batted on the first of three days against a Lions XI (also 12, with two from the main squad) at Redlands CC in Brisbane.

England were due to bat 90 overs on the opening day, but rain allowed just 29. Burns and Hameed moved to 98 without loss, with the latter dominating the strike in his unbeaten 53. The Lions attack included Saqib Mahmood.

Burns and Hameed shared two century stands in three innings opening together in the summer, and encouraging form like this makes it likelier they will walk out together at the Gabba in a fortnight’s time. Zak Crawley is England’s other option at the top of the order.

Their form denied Ben Stokes a bat on his return to action, but he had a long bowl at lunchtime.

James Anderson is sitting this match out as he judges his own workload in the build-up to a Test series, while Craig Overton has a minor niggle. Both are expected to be involved in next week’s four-day intra-squad match. By then, England’s T20 World Cup players will be out of quarantine in Gold Coast.

Meanwhile, Cricket Tasmania has accused Cricket Australia (CA) of treating Tim Paine “appallingly” in his resignation as Test captain.

Andrew Gaggin, the chair of Cricket Tasmania – Paine’s home state – released a searing statement about CA’s handling of the sexting scandal that saw Paine resign on Friday.

“In conversations I have had in recent days it is clear that the anger amongst the Tasmanian cricket community and general public is palpable,” Gaggin said.

Tim Paine has now returned to action after injury and the recent sexting scandal (Getty Images)
Tim Paine has now returned to action after injury and the recent sexting scandal (Getty Images)

“Tim Paine has been a beacon for Australian cricket over the past four years and instrumental in salvaging the reputation of the national team after the calamity of Cape Town.

“Yet, at a time when [Cricket Australia] should have supported Tim, he was evidently regarded as dispensable. The treatment afforded to the Australian Test captain by Cricket Australia has been appalling, and the worst since Bill Lawry over 50 years ago.

"The Cricket Tasmania board reaffirmed its view that Paine should not have been put in a position where he felt the need to resign over an incident that was determined by an independent inquiry at the time to not be a breach of the code of conduct and was a consensual and private exchange that occurred between two mature adults and was not repeated.”

Paine is currently playing for Tasmania Seconds as he looks to prove his fitness for the First Test at the Gabba in two weeks, where Australia are likely to be captained by Pat Cummins. On his return from a neck injury, Paine took six catches but was dismissed lbw for a two-ball one on Tuesday.

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