History made at Lord's as rain prevents play on day one

Lynette Rowe
August 10, 2018

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Continuous rain also meant that even the toss could not take place on the first day.

They have gone onto lose three Tests and managed to draw a couple of matches against Asian teams at the historic ground since then. The play is set to start at the usual time of 11 a.m. with an extra 30 minutes to allowed at the end of the day.

How the pitch looks on Thursday morning will surely go a long way to informing that decision - on Wednesday afternoon however its appearance mostly remained a mystery, covered first by a white sheet and then by the hover cover, as part of the groundsman's final preparations.The brief glimpse given of the hallowed 22-yards of turf, that will go such a long way to deciding the outcome of this Test, showed a very green looking surface, although much of that grass, now holding the pitch together, will be shaved off before play starts on Thursday.

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The forecast for the next two days (Saturday and Sunday) is much better and we can expect full 90 overs on both days.

Joe Root's men have yet to decide how they will replace key all-rounder Ben Stokes, who will miss the match in the capital while he attends his affray trial at Bristol Crown Court. India take on hosts in the second Test at Lord's beginning Thursday.

England, 1-0 up in the five-match series after an absorbing 31-run win at Edgbaston last week, will hand a debut to Surrey batsman Ollie Pope with the 20-year-old replacing the out-of-form Dawid Malan.

After India's struggles with the bat in the series opener, Cheteshwar Pujara could be recalled to the team to provide greater solidity at the top of the order.

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