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Australia's warm-up game in Fatullah called-off

Australia will head into the first Test without a practice game
Australia will head into the first Test without a practice game

Australia's solitary warm-up game ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah has been called-off due to bad outfield and weather conditions.

The decision comes after the delegation from Cricket Australia visited the ground which was found water-logged after receiving a week of continuous rainfall.

Australia were originally scheduled to take on Bangladesh Cricket Board XI on 22nd and 23rd August at the venue to help them get a feel of the conditions but now will head into the Dhaka Test on 27th August without any match practice in the Asian country.

The news was confirmed by Australia coach Darren Lehmann in a press conference on Monday.

"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," said Lehmann.

"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."

It is understood that the Bangladesh Cricket Board had suggested alternate venues for the practice game but was declined by the Australian team due to logistical reasons.

The two Tests will be played between 27th August and 8th September with Dhaka and Chittagong being the venues.

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