No play on Day 1 of second Test due to rain

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After the best Test match in England for years, despite the rush to castigation on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, it's just our luck that the start of the second instalment will be delayed as this golden summer heat ends and Lord's reverts to its customary conditions when India visit.

The English summer was at its peak, the sun was beating down hard all this while but come the Test series and the clouds are out.

There is more rain forecast for this weekend as also on Monday, and as such this match could see routine rain breaks.

Meanwhile, the toss did not take place as Day 1 was washed off due to consistent drizzle.

"The weather will be conducive for swing bowling and I don't think the second spinner will be an option", former India offie Harbhajan Singh, who is doing commentary for Sky Sports, told TOI. England had a forced change as Ben Stokes is busy with his court hearing and unavailable for the game while middle-order batsman Dawid Malan was dropped following a poor show at Edgbaston. Chris Woakes will be aware of the weight of expectations on his shoulders. India, on the other hand, will want to add another spinner to the XI. Having someone like Jadeja will further add depth to the attack. Even after lunch, there was no respite from the rain and it went on throughout the afternoon.

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

# The last time India played a Test match at Lord's, they had topped England to win the second Test by 95 runs in the 2014 Test tour.

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