Rain returns to delay scheduled start

Ollie Pope

Kuldeep Yadav and Cheteshwar Pujara come in for Umesh Yadav and Shikhar Dhawan.

Only four days are left in the yet-to-start second Test between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground here, and the players and fans will hope that the rain Gods stay away on day two on Friday.

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.

Check out the photos here: Is this India's playing XI for the Lord's Test?

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He added that the armed forces "absolutely repudiate this barbarism in a desperate attempt to destabilize" the government. Mr Maduro accused neighbouring Colombia and elements within the U.S. of instigating "a right-wing plot" to kill him.

England will be without Ben Stokes at Lord's because of the all-rounder's ongoing trial for affray in Bristol. As play got washed off on Day 1 of the 2nd Test, the actor faced flak for his dressing sense as trollers could not resist. India were the last Asian opponents whom England beat at Lord's in a Test back in 2011.

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Early morning overcast skies in north London eventually gave way to gentle but persistent rain which was sufficient to ensure the pitch and square remained fully covered. With Jasprit Bumrah not fit enough to take the field, the visiting team is likely to stick with the same bowling attack that played in Edgbaston.

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