Washout delays a return to the England v India drama

No play was possible on what should have been day one of the second Test between England and India at Lord’s due to persistent rain.

A light drizzle settled over the ground shortly before the start of play and hung around like a bad smell all day.

The rain prevented the toss from taking place leaving both teams to tease supporters overnight with their prospective XIs.

India are thought to be considering fielding a second frontline spinner in the place of seam-bolwing allrounder Hardik Pandya while Cheteshwar Pujara is an option to shore up a fragile top order for the tourists.

England had named a 12-man squad on the even of the Test but they too have yet to declare whether they will replace Ben Stokes with seam-bowling allrounder Chris Woakes or the off-spin option of Moeen Ali.

Joe Root confirmed that Ollie Pope will debut for England as soon as the match gets underway.

The wicket was expected to be dry for this Test so it will be interesting to see how a day under the covers effects the pitch and the XIs of both sides.

The Lord’s pitch was the most likely surface to fail to produce a result ahead of the series and if more time is lost and the surface plays flat a win could be tough to engineer for either side and especially Virat Kohli’s India who trail 1-0 after a 31-run loss at Edgbaston last week.