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Australia’s only practice match ahead of the two-match test series against Bangladesh has been cancelled after heavy rain left the Fatullah cricket stadium pitch waterlogged.

The tourists had been scheduled to play a two-day practice match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI from Tuesday before the first test in Dhaka begins on Aug. 27.

“We’ve decided to not do the tour game now which is a shame for both sides, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been fantastic trying to get a game,” Australia head coach Darren Lehmann told reporters on Monday.

“The amount of rain they’ve had can’t be helped… It’s a shame we’re not playing but we’ve got great facilities here.”

The BCB had reportedly proposed alternative venues but Australian team management rejected them for logistical reasons.