England were left frustrated as heavy rain prevented them from taking to the field on day two of their tour match against Australia A in Hobart.
Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry had put on an unbroken stand of 318 for the first wicket during an impressive opening day at the Bellerive Oval.
Skipper Cook had allayed fears over his back as he finished day one on 154 not out, while Carberry strengthened his claims for a Test place with a superb unbeaten 153.
However heavy showers throughout the day meant that both sides were left kicking their heels.
There had been some hope that play would be able to resume for the evening session, though, with the groundsmen working hard to get the pitch playable.
But further showers forced the umpires to finally abandon play for the day - with the ground far too wet.
Play is scheduled to start at the earlier time of 10.30pm on Thursday in a bid to catch up on the lost overs, however the forecast for the remaining two days are far from encouraging.
That means England - and particularly the likes of Chris Tremlett, who is hoping to claim a place in the Test team - could only have limited preparation going into the final warm-up fixture.
Australia A assistant coach Graeme Hick, who played 65 Tests for England, expects the tourists to continue batting when play finally gets back under way.
"Time in the middle is gold dust, just ask Alastair Cook that. I am sure he felt a lot better last night than he did in the morning before he played," he said.
"For a batter, it is always good to get some runs on the board before you go into that first Test so it is a shame to lose a day. We will have to see what tomorrow holds.
"I am sure Kevin Pietersen and the rest of the order would like some time in the middle but we will see what happens."
You can watch day three of England's warm-up match against Australia 'A' live from Hobart at 10pm on Thursday on Sky Sports 2 HD.