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Rain ruins Sheffield Shield in Sydney

Rain has ruined the opening morning of NSW’s Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria after just one ball was bowled in the first session.

After the Blues won the toss and bowled, Pat Cummins delivered his first ball in Shield cricket in more than a year before rain stopped play at Bankstown.

The downpour briefly stopped and play was meant to resume at 12:15, only for it to start again forcing an early lunch.

The Blues are without Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc while Josh Hazlewood has also been rested.

Smith was withdrawn from the NSW squad on Wednesday as he continues to battle an elbow issue that has caused him pain since the Sydney Test.

The 31-year-old struggled to bat in the nets on Tuesday, after going almost a month without training before the last Shield game to try and fix the issue.

He is hoping to return for next week’s clash with South Australia in Adelaide.

Starc is mourning the death of his father Paul to cancer on Tuesday.

Victoria are unchanged from the side that shocked the star-studded Blues by four wickets at the SCG last week.

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