Lord’s washout halts play

Last updated: August 11, 2018 by Leon Marshal

England were made to wait to resume in the second Test match with India at Lord’s. Constant rain caused the covers to be used all day. Despite many of the crowd remaining behind, the decision to abandon came at 16:50, the first time in 17 years that a full day’s play has been lost at Lord’s.

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The typical English weather saw the first day of play in the second Test between England and India postponed. Many of the crowd had turned up to see the debut of Ollie Pope. The 20‑year‑old has been given the No 4 position, a bit of a surprise as he has never batted there when playing county cricket.

It is at county level that the youngster has attracted attention. In the County Championship, Pope has 684 runs to his name in just eight matches. England captain Joe Root has no qualms about the step up from sixth to fourth for the youngster, Root admitted it was a jump but backed Pope to thrive and admitted that the player was an exciting prospect.

England fans will be hoping for a repeat of the first test result, a stunning game in which Ben Stokes took four wickets for 40 runs to clinch victory by just 31 runs.

The game was a cliff-hanger of a game with the advantage swinging between the sides several times throughout. The first innings saw the traditional batting collapse from England, dominating at 216-3 to crash to 287 all-out.

India played their part, recovering from 100-5 to post a score of 274, largely thanks to the tally of Varat Kohli – his score of 149 helped rally the Indian players.

Sam Curran deserves a lot of credit from the first Test. His 63 with the bat helped England survive from 87-7 to a barely credible 180 but it gave England hope rather than true belief. But when you have a player as good as Curran, his ability with the ball turned a defeat into the unlikeliest of victories. His four wicket haul clinching the win.

Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray

One player who wishes he was involved at Lord’s today is Ben Stokes. The 28-year-old is currently on trial at Bristol Crown Court charged with the offence of affray. The former England vice-captain was suspended from the England team following his arrest last September. This suspension cost him a place in the Ashes team.

Once Ben Stokes returned for the second one day test series against New Zealand, typically he put in a man of the match performance, levelling the series at 1-1, hitting 63 not out and taking two wickets for 42 runs.

How long Stokes is out of the game depends on the Jury and any disciplinary action the England and Wales Cricket Board may take. The ECB caused a divide when they first suspended Stokes, many asked if it was fair to prevent a player who had at that time not been charged with any offence. Stokes could be hit with a huge suspension if the charge against him is proved and if the incident is deemed to be hate crime related.

You can catch the action on Sky Sports Cricket. England have started brilliantly in the second test. Taking two early wickets before rain stopped play. India were thankful for the break, with a shocking 11/2 score line against their name.