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Here are a pictures from the Day 1 of the 2nd India vs England Test at Lord’s in which rain played the starring role.

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Rain meant there was no play on the first day of the second Test between England and India at Lord’s on Thursday.

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Lords rain © Getty Images

Early morning overcast skies in north London eventually gave way to gentle but persistent rain which was sufficient to ensure the pitch and square remained fully covered.

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The match had been due to start at 11:00am (1000 GMT) but with rain still falling no play was possible in the morning session.

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Lunch was brought forward by 30 minutes to 12:30pm in the hope of a prompt resumption come the scheduled second session of play.

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But with rain continuing to fall, the players remained off the field.

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After the scheduled start of the tea interval at 3:40pm, the umpires held an inspection out in the middle where they held a discussion with head groundsman Mick Hunt