Cricket

Rain washes out first day of Lord's Test

Friday, August 10, 2018

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Rain meant there was no play on the first day of the second Test between England and India at Lord's yesterday.

Early morning overcast skies in north London eventually gave way to gentle but persistent rain which was sufficient to ensure the pitch and square remained fully covered.

The match had been due to start at 11:00am (1000 GMT), but with rain still falling and the skies above Lord's increasingly dark, the umpires called it a day at 4:50 pm (1550 GMT).

It was the first time a whole day's Test play in England had been lost to bad weather since August 24, 2013, when the fourth day of the fifth Ashes clash at The Oval was abandoned without a ball bowled.

The last time a day's Test play was washed out completely at Lord's came 17 years ago when the scheduled opening day of the first Test against Pakistan was abandoned on May 17, 2001.

Officials later confirmed they would look to conduct the toss at 10:30 am today, with a view to an 11:00 am start and that 98 overs, rather than the standard 90, would be scheduled for the second day in a bid to make up lost playing time.

England lead the current five-match series 1-0 after a 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.

They will, however, make at least two changes to their side.

England Captain Joe Root confirmed yesterday that Ollie Pope, a 20-year-old Surrey batsman, would make his Test debut in place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

Pope will become the fourth player under 21 to represent England in Test cricket this year, following Mason Crane, Dominic Bess, and Sam Curran.

England will be without Ben Stokes at Lord's because of the all-rounder's ongoing trial for affray in Bristol.

Stokes took three wickets on Sunday's fourth and last day at Edgbaston, including the prize scalp of India Captain Virat Kohli.

England have yet to decide whether Chris Woakes, a fellow pace-bowling all-rounder, or off-spinner Moeen Ali will replace Stokes.

Neither England nor India, who might also make changes, are obliged to confirm their teams until the toss takes place.

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