The second Test match is to be played at the Lord's Cricket Ground, the only venue where they won a game on the last tour.
Lord's, a day out from the second Test of this England v India series, is a sea of activity. Stokes was the pick of the English bowlers in the first Test.
There is more rain forecast for this weekend as also on Monday, and as such this match could see routine rain breaks. The covers were up all the morning today and the toss was delayed and before the conditions could improve it started to drizzle.
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If the team management thinks on those lines, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who has been facing criticism for not adapting to the conditions in the Old Blighty, is likely to be dropped. The absence of Ben Stokes who tormented the middle order with his pace, swing and angle of attack, convinces India that they will level the series here.
England: Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Moeen Ali. There is bound to be moisture in the track when play resumes on Friday and it's most unlikely that Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav will get a look-in. Even after lunch, there was no respite from the rain and it went on throughout the afternoon. India have not announced their playing XI but skipper Virat Kohli had said that he was tempted to play a second spinner. They were looking forward to an exciting contest and also waiting for their team to produce a favourable result. The London weather department, though, has brighter predictions in store for the next three days.
Eventually, the day was called off at 10:30 PM IST.