Rain ruins day two of Aussies’ tour game

Michael Clarke may miss out on a decent hit in Derby, unless opposite number Wayne Madsen makes a generous declaration on Saturday.

Rain ruined day two of Australia’s tour game against Derbyshire, with no play possible after lunch.

The hosts will resume at 2-81 on the final day.

Australia declared overnight at 9-413, centurions David Warner and Shaun Marsh having started the game by sharing a 154-run stand.

Clarke, who has scored two tons in his past 26 Test innings, batted at first drop and was out for 16 off 37 balls.

He was denied much-needed time in the middle by a teenager on first-class debut, paceman Will Davis.

Based on how they fared on day two, Australia may struggle to run through Derbyshire’s middle order on Saturday.

Madsen is currently 14 not out and would want his young teammates to gain the experience of batting against the likes of Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle.

The final day of the tour game will start half an hour earlier at 10.30am local time (7.30pm AEST).

Cummins and Shane Watson claimed a wicket each in Friday’s morning session, which was played through intermittent drizzle.

Quicks Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, offspinner Nathan Lyon and in-form batsman Steve Smith were rested from the fixture.

The team will travel to Birmingham on Saturday, with the third Ashes Test starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

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