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Rare washout at Lord’s leaves England and India frustrated

England and India were grounded by the weather on day one of the second Specsavers Test

Lord’s suffered its first washout in 17 years as rain prevented any play between England and India on day one of the second Specsavers Test.

Bad weather set in and never cleared, allowing no opportunity even for the toss and announcement of teams to take place.

It was hoped a forecast improvement would come in time to get under way after tea, but the rain continued – and umpires Marais Erasmus and Aleem Dar announced at 4.50pm that there would be no play.

It is the first time a whole Test match day has been lost to the weather at the Home of Cricket since May 2001, against Pakistan.

The last washout in this country was across the capital at The Oval, on day four in the 2013 Ashes.

England lead this five-match series 1-0 after their thrilling 31-run win at Edgbaston last weekend.

Batsman Dawid Malan was dropped here in favour of 20-year-old debutant Ollie Pope.

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England batsman Dawid Malan was not selected for the second Test (Nick Potts/PA).

But national selector Ed Smith insists his former Middlesex team-mate nonetheless remains “in contention” to add to his 15 Test caps when the time and conditions are right.

Smith observed last weekend that Malan may be more effective away from home, having made a century in Perth during England’s 4-0 Ashes defeat last winter.

On Thursday evening, he said: “When a player has been left out there should be clear communication on the way they can improve in order to get back into contention.

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England national team selector Ed Smith has not closed the door on Dawid Malan (Mike Egerton/PA).

“That is the conversation I had with Dawid yesterday – I spent a couple of hours with him face to face, and the message is very simple.

“He has scored more than 10,000 first-class runs in England and the guy has shown he can play very well on different surfaces.

“But in an England shirt, one of the things he has done distinctively is play very well in very alien conditions – so I wanted to reaffirm to him that one of the things we are looking at is having the right players for the right conditions.

“He remains in contention.”

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