Lord's Test match day is one abandoned without a ball bowled, although Jofra Archer gets his cap

Alan Tyers
The Telegraph
Lord's Cricket Ground - Action Images via Reuters
Lord's Cricket Ground - Action Images via Reuters

4:22PM

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Play abandoned for the day

at Lord's

3:49PM

The sitting water

on the outfield there is probably the killer for the day's prospects.

<span>That pipe is the key factor</span> <span>Credit: Sky </span>
That pipe is the key factor Credit: Sky

3:48PM

Umpires 

are strolling across the outfield, it is raining hard.

3:23PM

Absolutely chucking it down now

I don't see there being any cricket today.

Even when the rain stops it will be an hour before play could start.

3:10PM

Caps the lot

3:06PM

Certain wise old 

heads at the ground reckon that might be it if for the day, but we will have to see.

2:58PM

Raining again

What a shame. "It is not heavy rain it is drizzle," says Ian Ward. "But they are bringing the heavy artillery on in the form of all the covers."

no toss at 3pm

2:51PM

But now the main cover has come back on

Not sure if that is a bad sign.

2:50PM

Here is Chris Jordan

<span>Chris Jordan has a few words</span> <span>Credit: Sky Sports </span>
Chris Jordan has a few words Credit: Sky Sports

and here is the recipient

<span>Jofra about to get his cap</span> <span>Credit: Sky Sports </span>
Jofra about to get his cap Credit: Sky Sports

"It's a nice ceremony," says Mike Atherton. "Although quite nerve-wracking for the person presenting! You don't want to say the wrong thing and stuff it up, but you also want to say something that has a bit of meaning.

"In our day we didn't have it," he adds to David Gower. "When I got mine you  just threw a cap and a sweater at me in a plastic bag and said 'good luck'."

2:45PM

On rain

Our correspondent Isabelle Westbury writes:

Players are often asked about what they do during rain delays and answers range from the mundane to the barmy, but the press pack might equally be posed the question. The answer? Mainly food and coffee. Not much different to other days then...

It's times like this I often wonder what it would be like if other professions stopped for rain. Imagine how glorious it would be if your boss at [insert generic office job here] told you to switch off the computer every time it clouded over a touch. The more I think about it, the more barmy cricket becomes.

Do you reckon we'll get a roof at Lord's one day? Answers on a postcard please.

2:44PM

And here is Scyld Berry

Jofra Archer is going to play, and his cap will be presented by Chris Jordan, reports Scyld Berry.

2:38PM

Big news!

The toss will be held at 3pm... assuming no further rain etc etc. That is good. Although not for the feller who was hoping for a refund. All of this under the proviso that there is no more rain.

2:25PM

Live international brushing action

2:16PM

Telegraph's Michael Vaughan

getting the good word from the Aussie camp.

<span>Michael Vaughan talks to to David Warner</span> <span>Credit: Sky </span>
Michael Vaughan talks to to David Warner Credit: Sky

2:12PM

There will be an inspection

at 2.30pm.

The result of the last inspection was to have another inspection at 2.30pm. There is some puddling down by the Mound and Tavern.

Gloomy and cold, floodlights are on. It all makes for an intriguing decision at the toss and with the team selection. You might fancy a bowl this afternoon if it is gloomy and there's a lot of moisture in the air - think back to the Ireland Test.

But then tomorrow it is forecast to be sunny and mild, ideal conditions for a bat, maybe.

2:08PM

News from Lord's

Here's Nick Hoult: "It’s brightening up. The covers are off, people are milling about on the pitch looking important and we could get some play if it doesn’t rain. There is a window between now and 5pm for some cricket. Last year the first day of the Lord’s Test was washed out and play was called off at 4.50pm. That gives us a guide for what to expect today if the rain returns. "

2:07PM

Matt Lowndes on rain breaks

I seem to recall doing full length slip and slide on the outfield at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad with some fellow Barmy Army members.

1:51PM

Main cover is off

<span>Signs of life at Lord's</span> <span>Credit: Sky </span>
Signs of life at Lord's Credit: Sky

Inspection at 2pm -  and then perhaps an hour of prep before they might start?

1:48PM

Some of the covers are off

Things are looking up. There is a 2pm inspection.

Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss are out on the ground.

<span>Bayliss and Root out on the park</span> <span>Credit: Sky </span>
Bayliss and Root out on the park Credit: Sky

1:48PM

Yes this is definitely becoming a factor

1:41PM

How do you spend a rainy day at the cricket?

Cards? Punting? Eating? Sleeping? Let me know your wet-weather tips alan.tyers@telegraph.co.uk or comment below the line further down the page. Cheers!

1:28PM

On Sky Sports

Charles Colvile is interviewing Nasser Hussain. Three things:

1) it's excellent. Very good stuff about how Fletcher had firm, brisk assessments of players and how the central contracts put more emphasis on the coach's own snap decision rather than watching players over and over again in County game. Also good on Zimbabwe and the World Cup - Nasser saw it as a moral rather than a security issue.

2) Good to see Charles getting a run out

       2b) but who is minding Bob Willis?

3) it means that it's still raining art Lord's.

<span>Nasser Hussain and Charles Colvile</span> <span>Credit: Sky Sports </span>
Nasser Hussain and Charles Colvile Credit: Sky Sports

1:19PM

Root first thing

<span>Cricket lovely cricket? Joe Root says hi to some fans</span> <span>Credit: PA </span>
Cricket lovely cricket? Joe Root says hi to some fans Credit: PA

1:12PM

The players will 

just about be finishing up their dark chocolate torte, or bread-and-butter pudding. Or both. What a sport.

12:57PM

Here is what is on the menu 

for the players.

12:52PM

Not looking too good

<span>Not much of a day out</span> <span>Credit: PA </span>
Not much of a day out Credit: PA

12:50PM

Team selection

We do not know the teams as yet, and I wonder if the rain/conditions will play much of a part. Hard to see spinners being much use at all.

12:33PM

Lunch has been taken

at Lord's.

12:25PM

Little to report I am afraid

More as we have it!

11:17AM

The toss is delayed

As you will no doubt have figured out. 

11:08AM

There was a brief hint 

of a sniff for a minute there when they flirted with taking off a cover, but the rain has redoubled its efforts and it doesn't look like anything will be happening for a while.

10:51AM

Aussie fans earlier

<span>Australia fans arrive at a rainy Lord's</span> <span>Credit: action images </span>
Australia fans arrive at a rainy Lord's Credit: action images

10:50AM

Excellent cheekbones, Joe Root has

<span>Joe Root meets fans</span> <span>Credit: PA </span>
Joe Root meets fans Credit: PA

10:49AM

The scene at Lord's

is one of performance rainwear and diligent sweeping, a sort of MAMIL Fantasia.

10:42AM

Inspection will take place

at 11am.

10:33AM

Morning all 

Tyers here. Rain here as well. Although, to focus on the positives, it was not actually raining at the exact moment I got off the bus here in central London; that was about 11 minutes ago.

10:11AM

Weather watch

OK, so the big question is: will there actually be any play today?

The answer is: ????

<span>Lord's weather today</span> <span>Credit: BBC </span>
Lord's weather today Credit: BBC

10:00AM

Second Ashes Test - the key issues

England and Australia resume battle at Lord's today with the tourists 1-0 ahead following their thumping win at Edgbaston.

But what are the key issues ahead of the match?

England lost the first Test by 251 runs, what is different this time?

At least two personnel for a start. Paceman Jofra Archer is a certainty to take over from the injured James Anderson and at least one of their left-armers - spinner Jack Leach and swing bowler Sam Curran - will play. Perhaps both.

What will they add to the team?

In a word, variety. Archer routinely reaches 90mph and hit a top speed of 95.7mph during the World Cup. He is uncapped at Test level but prefers bowling with a red ball and can unsettle top players with his bouncer. If selected Curran offers a change of angle and a natural ability to swing the ball. Leach, meanwhile, replaces the out-of-sorts Moeen Ali in the squad and could bring greater control as well as testing the theory that Steve Smith is vulnerable to slow left-armers.

Is Steve Smith really vulnerable to anything in this form?

England had no answers to Smith's twin centuries in Birmingham, and his long stints at the crease might only have served to fine tune him for more of the same. Either way, it is fanciful to think Leach, with five Tests and 20 wickets to his name, will suddenly become his Kryptonite. Privately, England are keeping expectations realistic and would probably accept a containment job from the Somerset man. They will also be aware he scored 215 and 58 on his last appearance at the home of cricket.

What will the pitch do?

It takes a brave or a foolish man to confidently predict how a five-day match will unfold but the consensus suggests that things will be a little easier on the batsmen than they were in England's recent Test against Ireland. Captain Joe Root was publicly critical of the surface after both sides were skittled for under 100 and Lord's groundsman Karl McDermott will be keen to show he can do his bit to ensure less frantic fare.

What impact will the weather have?

The forecast is terrible for day one, with the potential for further scattered showers during the rest of the match. Significant chunks of lost time generally favour the side with an existing advantage, leaving Australia happier than England if matters meander in the direction of a draw. Root must be careful not to chase the game too hard and risk losing it, though. England's team selection could also hinge on the weather, with Leach less likely to play the shorter the game is.

Are there any more reasons for optimism?

For all touring teams, and Australia in particular, relish the chance to come to Lord's and put one over the hosts, nobody in either dressing room feels as happy here as Chris Woakes. In four Tests on the hallowed turf he averages 68.50 with the bat and 9.75 with the ball, with a century and three five-wicket hauls earning him a quartet of appearances on the honours' boards.

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