India, England hope for clear skies

A superlative batting effort saw Virat Kohli surpass Steve Smith at the top of the ICC Test rankings

A superlative batting effort saw Virat Kohli surpass Steve Smith at the top of the ICC Test rankings

The clear blue of Wednesday turned into a bleak grey on Thursday morning and what started off as a light drizzle turned into a strong shower later in the afternoon to pour cold water on whatever chances there were of the second Test match between India and England starting off.

Continuous rain also meant that even the toss could not take place on the first day. "If you are 1-0 down and can't make a comeback in this Test match and this match goes the other way...as far as I remember, very few teams are there, who have won three matches in a row", Gambhir was quoted as saying in India Today.

Showers are forecast for much of the day.

Joe Root's men have yet to decide how they will replace key all-rounder Ben Stokes, who will miss the match in the capital while he attends his affray trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Twenty-year-old batsman Ollie Pope is expected to be given his England debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad.

Watch day two of the second Test between England and India, at Lord's, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) from 10.30am on Friday.

After India's struggles with the bat in the series opener, Cheteshwar Pujara could be recalled to the team to provide greater solidity at the top of the order.

Hosts England lead the five-match series after their 31-run victory in the gripping first Test at Birmingham.

Recommended News

  • Melania Trump's parents get United States  citizenship

    Melania Trump's parents get United States citizenship

    Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president. Green cards can also be obtained through employment, receiving asylum or refugee status, or in other special circumstances.
    Jose Mourinho hits back at critics

    Jose Mourinho hits back at critics

    However, the latest development in the transfer saga has come as a killing blow to Manchester United . He's in a hard position now, I think, but he needs to try and find a way out of it".
    More than 500 hikers evacuated from Indonesian volcano

    More than 500 hikers evacuated from Indonesian volcano

    More than 500 hikers who were stranded on a mountain on the Indonesian island of Lombok after an quake have been safely evacuated. The islands are part of an area of intense seismic and volcanic activity of 25,000 square miles called the Pacific Ring of Fire.
  • "Red Dead Redemption 2" Gameplay Trailer Showcases Gorgeous Gaming Experience

    Rockstar Games just released an official gameplay video teasing its long-awaited western shooter, " Red Dead Redemption 2 ". Though previously Rockstar Games has shown off cinematic trailers , this is the first time any gameplay has been shared.
    Eden Hazard: Chelsea transfer to Real Madrid discussed by new signing Kepa

    Eden Hazard: Chelsea transfer to Real Madrid discussed by new signing Kepa

    Real Madrid also released a short statement of their own, which confirms that Kovacic will stay at Chelsea until June 30, 2019. Considered Spain's goalkeeper of the future, he was a reserve at the World Cup in Russian Federation .
    Xiaomi Mi A2 exclusive launch today; Here are features, price and more

    Xiaomi Mi A2 exclusive launch today; Here are features, price and more

    It also has a 3D face scanning face ID feature (with infrared emitters, similar to the iPhone X) and VOOC fast charge support. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Wednesday expanded its Android One line-up in India by bringing its Mi A2 to the country.
  • West Ham sign striker Perez from Arsenal

    West Ham sign striker Perez from Arsenal

    West Brom have emerged as surprise contenders in the race to sign Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sanchez, with West Ham also keen. He returned to the La Liga side last season and many suspected he could have had a fresh start at the Emirates.

    Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

    The Perseid meteors are actually pieces of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth. The shower is expected to peak on the night of Sunday August 12, though Saturday and Monday will also offer excellent views.
    Manafort's lawyers press witness about his own lies, affair, embezzlement

    Manafort's lawyers press witness about his own lies, affair, embezzlement

    Manafort has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. In addition, he testified, he did not submit the required forms at Manafort's direction.
  • MIna: I want to win things at Everton

    MIna: I want to win things at Everton

    The La Liga champions confirmed Mina's move for a fee of around £27 million, saying they had an option to buy him back. He has signed a five-year contract and joins Lucas Digne , the left back who also moved from the Nou Camp this summer.
    Indian playing XI for the second Test leaked

    Indian playing XI for the second Test leaked

    Despite India's overall failed batting effort at Edgbaston, bowling coach Bharat Arun ruled out playing an extra batsman here. Talking about the bowling, in both the innings off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four and three wickets respectively.
    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 promotional video leaks ahead of launch

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 promotional video leaks ahead of launch

    Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018) comes with 64GB internal storage that may be further expanded upto 64GB using micro-SD card. 6GB of RAM. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018 ) is an upgrade to Samsung Galaxy On8 that was launched in 2016.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.