Heavy rain delayed the scheduled 23:00 GMT start before play was finally abandoned at 05:20 GMT because the bowler’s run-up area at the southern end was judged too wet.
The final two days of play will start half an hour earlier at 22:30 GMT.
England are 318-0, with captain Alastair Cook on 154 and fellow left-hander Michael Carberry on 153.
The openers batted through day one after Cook won the toss.
England, who drew their opening tour match against a Western Australia Chairman’s XI in Perth, complete their preparations for the first Test with a four-game against a New South Wales XI in Sydney.
The first Test against Australia in Brisbane starts on 21 November.