Rain washes out first day in Lord’s Test
- Author: Stacy Allen Aug 12, 2018,
Aug 12, 2018, 4:03
Anderson, who has 544 Test wickets, will have his eyes on equaling Ian Botham's record of 27 five-wicket hauls in the longest format. The batsmen could not deal with the swing bowling on offer and slumped to a first innings total of 107 all out.
However, Woakes (120no) and Bairstow (93) batted them out of contention either side of tea and, after day one and much of day two were washed out and more rain forecast for Sunday and Monday, the weather may provide India with their best chance of escaping with a draw.
Anderson removed opening pair Murali Vijay (0) and Lokesh Rahul (8) before Pujara was sold short by his skipper in the ninth over as India fell to 15-3. It left Pujara stranded as Ollie Pope, presented with his Test cap by Alec Stewart in the morning, started his debut with a simple run out. India also make two changes: Cheteshwar Pujara is in for Shikhar Dhawan, who is yet again dropped during an overseas series, and the mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav replaces Umesh Yadav.
Only off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number eight, provided any real resistance, making 29 in a 49-minute knock before he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad.
Seasoned quick James Anderson took both the Indian wickets.
"I would be so disappointed if I had messed up today because they were ideal conditions to bowl in".
Nothing doing: Rain clouds hang above the pitch at Lord's.
"We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world". "When you build pressure all day no matter who you are it is hard", he said.
If the leaked team-sheet proves authentic, then Kohli and the team management have opted to field the same playing XI that had lost the first Test of the five-match series at Edgbaston last week.