Rain rules the roost at Lord's

09 August 2018 12:33:04 EST

Persistent rain has washed out the whole of the first day of the second Test match between England and India at Lord's.

Light rain meant a delay to the planned start of play in the morning and, while at several times conditions appeared to improve slightly, at no point were the players able to take to the field.

That meant that the entire first day of a Test match at Lord's was lost for the first time since 2001, when Pakistan were the tourists.

England had yet to finalise their XI for the game, with a choice between all-rounders Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali yet to be made, while Surrey right-hander Ollie Pope was made to wait a little longer to make his international debut.

The Three Lions can now be backed at 12/5 to win the second Test and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, with the draw priced at 4/6 and an Indian victory available at 11/2.

Ahead of the game, England captain Joe Root had spoken of his wish to see his players build on a thrilling 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston: "It fills you with masses of confidence, to win a close game.

"One of the most exciting things about last week is that we weren't at our best, but we found a way to win under pressure and wrestle momentum back.

"That's a sign of some strong characters in our dressing room - and having had some indifferent results in the recent past, to pull off a win like that is a really good sign.

"But it's about backing that up now, looking for consistency in back-to-back games, and this is an opportunity to do that."

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