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The Ashes 2019, second Test, day one as it happened

Five hours and 20 minutes after play was supposed to get underway, the umpires have decided we won’t be seeing any action today. It’s the first full day of play lost in an Ashes match since 2013. 

Interestingly, we still haven’t had a toss yet and the Australians have not confirmed their team, aside from making it clear James Pattinson will be rested from this second Test.

If you made it up this late, you’re an absolute cricket tragic. It’s a shame to not get some action but join me tomorrow evening at 7.30pm AEST for *fingers crossed* a full day of play.

Make sure you log on to SMH Sport and The Age Sport for all the latest news and analysis from our lads over there in the UK.

For what it’s worth, today’s rain looks like it won’t continue tomorrow. The drainage at Lord’s is top class, so ground staff don’t need long to get this Test started and one would imagine it will start on time on Thursday. Jamming five days into four obviously reduces the chances of a result and three favourable sessions from the team batting first could all but mean only one team can lose the match.  

Chris Barrett: “Umps wandering back out onto the ground for a final look. Call imminent.” 

Expecting there will be a decision and announcement soon enough that the day has been abandoned.

BBC Radio have already called it, leaving their coverage and inviting listeners back for the second day.

If it is a washout it will be the first full day of play lost in an Ashes match in 10 years.

The West Indies are absolutely walloping India. Massive score on the cards if Chris Gayle can stay at the crease. Still not update from Lord’s but rain still coming down hard. Journalists eyeing off a sensational tea spread. 

The mail out of London is that it’s absolutely hosing down. Tipping the pubs nearby might be filling up as spectators make a call that there’s probably not going to be any cricket today. We’re still yet to do a toss and it’ll be interesting to see whether this poor weather will change both sides’ minds on whether they want to bat or bowl first. 

A quick look with the bookies and the draw has come into $1.75, with England actually slightly favoured to win ($4.15) than Australia ($4.20). 

Without James Anderson, Australia will be keen to get on at Lord’s and their record is good there. They’ve only lost two of 21 Tests at Lord’s against England since 1934, with both of those coming in the last 10 years (2009 and 2013).

As expected, Jofra Archer will make his Test debut at Lord’s. Cannot wait to see him sending them down to Steve Smith. Going to be a fascinating battle. 

How frustrating is this! The rain isn’t super heavy at the moment but we were about five minutes away from a toss. Even Tim Paine had his blazer on. The wait continues … and so does the changeroom cricket. 

The message from Chris Barrett at Lord’s is that 48 overs will be bowled today. Tea will be at 5.10pm (2.10am AEST). Evening session will be from 5.30pm – 7pm (2.30am – 4am AEST). There can be an extra 30 minutes if overs aren’t completed. 

Could be a very late evening over here if you’re planning to stay up and watch every ball. 

A breakthrough! Tim Paine and Joe Root will make their way to the middle at 3pm (midnight AEST) for a coin toss. Then, provided there is no extra rain, play will begin at 3.30pm (12.30am AEST). 

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