Will England find a way to keep Steven Smith quiet at Lord's?

We'll hope the weather is better tomorrow. Do join us back at the same time. Oh, but if you want some cricket action, hop over to West Indies vs India 3rd ODI where Gayle set the stage on fire, and may have now officially retired from ODIs. MAY have. I'm off! Ciao!

And the inevitable has happened. Day 1 of the Lord's Ashes Test is officially washed out. "And we're done for the day," pings Vithushan.

Ah well, the wait continues...

UPDATE: Oh noooo.. the coin toss has been delayed again. We were so close! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/DoS2L5KfWS

— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 14, 2019

DEBUT CONFIRMED: Chris Jordan gives Archer his Test cap. England Test Player #693.

Before the rain returned once again, Chris Jordan presented Jofra Archer with his Test cap #Ashes pic.twitter.com/kIrTwkaDKx

— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 14, 2019

Right then, Umpires have scheduled play for 3.30pm local, with the toss at 3pm. Play can go on until as late as 7.30pm, with a total of 48 overs scheduled.


UPDATE: Coin toss coming up at 3pm local time (Midnight AEST) with play set to start at 3:30pm if no further rain #Ashes pic.twitter.com/XMxDuju6aA

— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 14, 2019

If you're wondering why I don't have an inspection update for you...

UPDATE: We've got another inspection coming at 2:30pm local time or 11:30pm AEST.Outfield still a bit wet #Ashes

— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 14, 2019

Good news! Update from Lord's Twitter handle - "It has currently stopped raining at Lord's, so there will be a pitch inspection at 2pm."

EARLY LUNCH: Nothing new to update otherwise.

Scratch that... it's starting to rain again. Five mins before the scheduled inspection. So there you go. The wait continues.

Covers are coming off, informs Vithushan! It's stopped raining in London, and an inspection is scheduled for 11am local time, i.e. 10am GMT.

In what was one of their finest performances in an away Test in recent years, Australia managed to end their barren run at Edgbaston to take a 1-0 lead heading into the Lord's Test. Can the visitors continue their good showing or will England stage a strong comeback? What about the London weather? Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for Day 1 of the second Test.

First things first, this is how it looks at the moment

As grim as it gets. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/gUCIv2oGrZ

— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) August 14, 2019


"The tone from both camps in the lead-up to the second Test at Lord's has been instructive. Rather than go all Glenn McGrath "five-nil", Australia have been keen to play things down after their Edgbaston victory. Justin Langer has emphasised that winning the Ashes is their ultimate goal and not a one-off victory. There have been no bold statements of intent. England, by contrast, have been bullish rather than diffidently hiding away with their tail between their legs. Jofra Archer told Langer he had "another thing coming" when Australia's coach questioned his red-ball stamina. Others have been building up England's qualities. For both teams, the approach has been understandable given the lessons they have learnt from similar situations over the past few years," writes Rob Johnston in his preview.

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