Rain looked set to wash out the first day of the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Wednesday, without a ball bowled as of the scheduled lunch break and a grim weather forecast clouding the outlook for action later in the day.
Fans sat in clusters in the sheltered areas of the stands, while a few huddled under umbrellas out in the open. Ground staff briefly took the covers off the wicket during a dry spell late in the morning, only to roll them straight back on as the drizzle resumed.
Australia leads the five-match series 1-0 after an emphatic 251-run win at Edgbaston.
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