8/9/2018 2:04:23 PM

Rain delays England-India 2nd Test

Rain delays England-India 2nd Test

London: Rain delayed the scheduled 10:30am (0930 GMT) toss in the second Test between England and India at Lord's on Thursday.

Early morning overcast skies in north London eventually gave way to gentle but persistent rain which was sufficient to ensure the pitch and square at the 'home of cricket' remained fully covered.

The match had been due to start at 11:00am but a delay now looks assured.

England lead the five-match series 1-0 after a 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.

They will, however, make at least two changes to their side.

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.

The hosts will also be without Ben Stokes, who took three wickets on Sunday's fourth and final day at Edgbaston, including the prize scalp of India captain Virat Kohli, because of the Durham all-rounder's ongoing trial for affray in Bristol.

England have yet to decide whether Chris Woakes, a fellow pace-bowling all-rounder, or off-spinner Moeen Ali will replace Stokes.

Both they and India, who could make changes as well, are not obliged to confirm their respective teams until the toss takes place.

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