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England and Pakistan miss out on valuable T20 World Cup preparation after Cardiff washout

England's T20 World Cup preparations were again hit by the weather as their third match of the series against Pakistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Miserable scenes in Cardiff followed a wash-out at Headingley in the series opener.

England managed a 23-run victory at Edgbaston, but the latest frustration at Sophia Gardens came just a week before their June 4 World Cup opener against Scotland in Barbados.

Rain began falling steadily in the Welsh capital an hour before the scheduled start after a dry afternoon.

A capacity 15,600 crowd had been expected, and a sizeable number braved the elements before play was called off just after 8.10pm.

The umpires walked out to the square and had a brief discussion with ground staff, and the game was abandoned less than five minutes later.

Both teams now head to The Oval for the series finale on Thursday ahead of travelling to the World Cup.

Pakistan's first game is against the United States in Texas on June 6.

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