Rain wipes out day one of second Test between England and India

Rain wipes out day one of second Test between England and India

Rain wipes out day one of second Test between England and India

Most of England was in the grip of a heat wave over the past two months and it seemed like the Indians would get to start the Lord's Test with conditions similar to the sub-continent. Virat Kohli's team will want to level the series 1-1 before they concede too big a lead.

The clear blue of Wednesday turned into a bleak grey on Thursday morning and what started off as a light drizzle turned into a strong shower later in the afternoon to pour cold water on whatever chances there were of the second Test match between India and England starting off. Stokes was the pick of the English bowlers in the first Test. However, there is more rain forecast for this weekend and as such this match could see routine rain breaks.

If the team management thinks on those lines, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who has been facing criticism for not adapting to the conditions in the Old Blighty, is likely to be dropped.

England: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Butter, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

R Ashwin's performances (7 for 121) at Edgbaston may have tempted India to play an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja but the team management is expected to take a call based on the weather. India could make changes in the playing XI.

The players did not even step out for warm-ups due to the rain, lashing the city of London since last night. They were looking forward to an exciting contest and also waiting for their team to produce a favourable result.

Two fallible sides provoked apoplexy among their supporters at times during the first three days at Edgbaston.

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