England v India: second Test, day two – live!

by Theguardian

Cricket
Over-by-over report from the action at Lord’sEd Smith aims to widen options after Malan’s omissionEmail [email protected] with any thoughts

10.17am BST

An email! “As I type this, it’s 17 degrees and clear in Sydney, in the middle of winter, and 17 degrees and cloudy in London,” says Max Bonnell. “You English really have no idea how to do a heatwave.”

I’m usually loath to defend English people, but I don’t think anybody is claiming this is a heatwave.

7.51am BST

Morning folks. Let’s try that one again, shall we. The first day of the Lord’s Test was a washout, and it gives me precisely 0.00 per cent pleasure to tell you today’s forecast isn’t much better. The weather is fine at the moment, so we should start on time - but the Met Office predicts rain, lots of rain, around lunchtime. Darn, blast and ach.

If the forecast is accurate - and why wouldn’t it be - the captains will have a really tricky decision at the toss. Bowling conditions should be favourable today, but there might only be an hour or two of play. I suppose a shorter game reduces the risk of bowling first though.

Related: Ed Smith aims to widen England’s options after Dawid Malan’s omission

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