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England v India: Rain delays start of second Test at Lord's

Ben Stokes celebrates Ben Stokes celebrates dismissing India captain Virat Kohli Credit GETTY IMAGES
Kristopher Love | 10 August, 2018, 11:55

Intermittent rain delayed the start of the second Test between India and England in London on Thursday. Early Lunch has been taken.

Hosts England lead the five-match series after their 31-run victory in the gripping first Test at Birmingham.

Meanwhile, the toss did not take place as Day 1 was washed off due to consistent drizzle. Of the past 10 Tests at Lord's, only four have gone into a fifth day - against Sri Lanka in 2016, New Zealand in 2015, India and Sri Lanka in 2014.

Tendulkar was invited by officials at Lord's Cricket Ground to ring the iconic bell for the first time yesterday. Chris Woakes, having missed his home Test, should come back into the England side but Jadeja has a better chance of replacing Hardik Pandya because he brings beans and grit in every department.

England captain Joe Root confirmed on Wednesday that Ollie Pope, a 20-year-old Surrey batsman, would make his Test debut in place of the dropped Dawid Malan. Barring the Indian skipper, rest of the batting unit failed to perform and as a skipper, Virat is finding it hard to get the combinations right. England might have settled on one of their two selectorial decisions, the other will be decided on the first morning, a straight shootout between Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, with Jamie Porter released from the original squad of 13. With pitch looking dry India could go into the Test with two spinners, while Virat Kohli has dismissed the view that the team is overly reliant on him in overseas conditions.