Moeen Ali and his England team-mates were frustrated by the weather as the second warm-up match of their tour of Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

England had been due to play a second match in three days against Sri Lanka 'A' in preparation for the seven One-Day Internationals.

But a wet outfield meant the game at the P Sara Oval in Colombo was unable to get underway.

Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen had been looking to build on his splendid start to the tour in which he scored a 21 ball half century and took 3-29 with the ball against Sri Lanka 'A' on Friday.

The abandonment also means four players in the squad, Alex Hales, James Taylor, Ravi Bopara and Harry Gurney, will not have had no game time ahead of the first ODI in Colombo on Wednesday.

It was Hales who was replaced by Moeen at the top of the order on Friday – an opportunity the 27-year-old seized with both hands.

There has been plenty of media discussion about Moeen going in first alongside skipper Alastair Cook.

But it is a role he has occupied in one-day cricket at county level for several seasons.

He also scored a superb 136 when opening for Worcestershire against a strong Sri Lankan attack at New Road in 2011, an innings that spanned just 90 balls and contained three sixes and 16 fours.

That knock earned high praise afterwards from several Sri Lankan players including Lasith Malinga.

Moeen also opened alongside Michael Lumb at the start of his senior England career in the West Indies last winter and scored 44, 10 and 55.