Archer was presented his Test cap but rain eventually didn't even allow toss on Day 1.
Just like Iast year, a Lord's Test can only begin on the second scheduled day's play.
Poor weather ensured neither England or Australia needed to change into whites, nor their captains meeting in the middle for a toss. As against India last summer, the Home of Cricket welcomed rain for almost all of day one. Just as it was then, the next four days have 98 overs of play scheduled to make up for lost time
Despite the lack of toss or exchanging of team sheets, there was confirmation of two certainties. Jofra Archer will make his Test debut and Josh Hazlewood was confirmed as a starter for Australia ahead of left-armer Mitchell Starc.
The latter was confirmed in Justin Langer's post-match press conference but the circumstances around the former were more ceremonial. Ahead of a potential 3pm toss and 3:30pm start - the closest we got to play - Archer was presented his Test cap by fellow Bajan English Test cricketer and best mate Chris Jordan. Without Jordan, Archer would not have made the move over to the United Kingdom, specifically Sussex, and he owes much to the 30-year old's guidance and continued support.
The late start could change how England approach this match. They are one-nil down in the Ashes with four to play and in Jack Leach - the left-arm spinner who replaced Moeen Ali in the squad - they have someone to provide a new point of attack against Australia's twin centurion in the first Test, Steve Smith.
However, with a bit more juice in the wicket and with further overcast conditions expected throughout the match, England could decide on an all-pace attack. Sam Curran, the left-arm seaming allrounder from Surrey who was man of the series against India last summer, could be given the nod.
It is also understood that Kent batsman Joe Denly will keep his place despite being under pressure after returning just 18 and 11 at Edgbaston. That, though, is also subject to change should England have other ideas upon returning to Lord's on Thursday.