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Cricket World Cup: Australia-Bangladesh game called off due to Brisbane rain

Australia’s World Cup Pool A clash with Bangladesh has been called off without a ball being bowled after the downpour in Brisbane failed to abait in time.

The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Marcia,downgraded to a tropical low, prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for south-east Queensland.

That led the International Cricket Council (ICC) to set a 6:30pm cut-off time for play to get underway at the Gabba with a minimum of 20 overs per side.

But the deadline came and went with little to no let-up in the weather, meaning Australia and Bangladesh pick up one point each, giving both teams three points after two games.

"As there are no reserve days in the pool phase of the tournament the match could not be rescheduled," the ICC said on its website.

The ICC said ticket holders will be refunded if they send their name, address and original ticket to the ticket agency from which they purchased it, while those who bought tickets online or over the phone with a debit or credit card would be refunded automatically.

Australia remains second on the Pool A table behind New Zealand, on six points through three games, while Bangladesh, which won its opener against Afghanistan on Wednesday, sits third due to a slower run rate than Australia’s.

Australia’s next game is against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday, while Bangladesh next plays Sri Lanka at the MCG on Thursday.

In Saturday’s earlier game, the West Indies thumped a hapless Pakistan outfit by 150 runs in Christchurch.

Republish via http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-21/australia-bangladesh-world-cup-clash-abandoned/6178116

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