India, England hope for clear skies

Tanya Simon
August 10, 2018

Murali Vijay has a new opening partner in KL Rahul.

Worst yet to come: David Gower looks dejected after losing the Lord's Test to India in 1986. Tendulkar took to Twitter to express his disappointment and wished good cricket over the next four days. Three slips and a gully.

England and India were left frustrated at Lord's with persistent rain wiping out the whole of day one of the second Test.

Final delivery: Writer and broadcaster John Arlott (1914-1991) ends his final spell of commentary during the 1980 Centenary Test between England and Australia.

Drizzle fell in London throughout the day with play finally called off shortly before 4.50pm with the 6pm cut-off for play to start quickly approaching.

Dirty business: Mike Atherton was the first cricketer to be caught tampering with the ball when he rubbed dirt on it during a Test match against South Africa at Lord's in 1994.

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Play was scheduled to start at 11:00 BST, but steady rain kept the covers on the pitch and prevented the toss at 10:30.

England lead the five-match series 1-0 after their thrilling 31-run win at Edgbaston last weekend. They can also be made captains.

Twenty-year-old batsman Ollie Pope is expected to be given his England debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad.

In his 200 Test matches for his country, he scored 15,921 runs, averaging 53.78 and making 51 centuries in the process.

However, they will have to do it without Edgbaston match-winner Ben Stokes, whose trial for affray is ongoing at Bristol Crown Court. For India, Cheteshwar Pujara again failed to find a place while England have opted for fast bowler Chris Woakes over Moeen Ali.

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