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Rain delays start of second Ashes Test at Lord’s

Pools of water gathered on the outfield during the morning downpours.

Rain delays start of second Ashes Test at Lord’s

The second Ashes Test has been delayed by heavy rain at Lord’s.

Grim forecasts for the start of play proved to be accurate, with morning downpours surrounding the ground and pools of water gathering on the outfield.

The umpires initially announced a pitch inspection for 11am during a break in the rain, although the covers were back on when another downpour followed soon after.

Joe Root greeted fans in the rain
Joe Root greeted fans in the rain (Mike Egerton/PA)

The teams now await the outcome of a 2.30pm inspection, but puddles remain visible in patches around the outfield.

England are 1-0 behind after Australia won the series opener by 251 runs at Edgbaston and are ready to hand Jofra Archer a debut in place of the injured James Anderson

The final XIs will not be known until the captains meet in the middle for the toss, with Jack Leach and Sam Curran possibly fighting for one spot in the home team while Australia choose between Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the final seam bowling role.

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