Start of 2nd Ashes test delayed by rain

LONDON (AP) — 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.


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