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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.

Lords rain 1 Getty Images
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