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Rain holds up play at Lord’s as England prepare to give Ollie Pope his debut

Weather delays the start of the second Test.

Rain delayed the start of the second Specsavers Test between England and India at Lord’s.

Forecast poor weather moved in by 10am, and the ground remained under full cover two hours later – leaving the prospects of any play before lunch highly unlikely.

The outlook was bleak for much of Thursday, in fact, allowing both teams extra time to assess their selection conundrums.

They have each left open the option of picking two spinners, on a pitch previously baked by this summer’s protracted heatwave.

But under cloud cover, they may revert to predominantly seam attacks.

England, who announced on the eve of this Test that 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope will make his debut here at number four, lead the five-match series 1-0 after their thrilling 31-run win at Edgbaston last weekend.

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