London,(AP/UNB) — The start of play in the second Ashes test between England and Australia at Lord’s has been delayed by rain.The toss hadn’t yet been held.Umpires were hoping to have a pitch inspection at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) but the rain returned after a brief respite and covers were put back on the pitch.
Australia leads the five-test series 1-0 after a strong 251-run win in the opener at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Australia was set to make at least one change to its fast-bowling attack at Lord’s with James Pattinson rested and Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood brought into the tourists’ 12-man squad.
England will attempt to get back into the series without leading wicket-taker James Anderson, who is injured. Jofra Archer is in line for his test debut in place of Anderson.UNB