The second Test between England and India at the iconic Lord’s was scheduled to commence on Thursday, August 9, but the first day was washed out by rain without the skippers getting the opportunity to come out for the toss. There was a lot of talk about the heat wave in London and both the captain were giving a thought of playing with two spinners in this game. But the weather has dramatically changed and it has been raining the whole day.
However, with all the excitement around the playing XIs of both the teams, it seems that the line-ups are leaked even before the toss. The scoresheet which is provided to the scorers before the start of the game has been leaked which shows that the visitors have decided to go in with an unchanged squad for this game.
Also, England has decided to play Chris Woakes ahead of Moeen Ali to replace Ben Stokes for the Test. The weather forecast over the next five days might have played its part in the decision making from both the teams as they only one specialist spinner will take the field at Lord’s.
A Twitter user with the name ‘fake_bumrah_’ posted the image of the scoresheet and has claimed it to be the correct news. If the news is believed to be true then it will be the first time since Virat Kohli took over the captaincy that India will be playing with the same line-up in back-to-back Tests.
— вυмяαн (@fake_bumrah_) August 9, 2018
As far as the play on the first day is concerned, it was drizzling since morning which kept the fans, officials, and players on the tenterhooks. The covers are on and as of now, there are no signs of play starting anytime soon. Whenever the play starts, all eyes will be on the pitch. It must have soaked in a lot of moisture and it will surely help the bowlers when the cherry is brand new.