Almost two hours before play was scheduled to finish, the opening day of the second Test was abandoned without a single ball being bowled.
Umpires made the decision at 4.49pm local time (7.49pm UAE time) after rain had hit London.
Forecast poor weather moved in by 10am, and the ground remained under full cover two hours later – leaving the prospects of any play before lunch highly unlikely.
The outlook was bleak for much of Thursday, in fact, allowing both teams extra time to assess their selection conundrums.
They have each left open the option of picking two spinners, on a pitch previously baked by this summer’s protracted heatwave.
But under cloud cover, they may revert to predominantly seam attacks.
England, who announced on the eve of this Test that 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope will make his debut here at number four, lead the five-match series 1-0 after their thrilling 31-run win at Edgbaston last weekend.
Pope has never batted in the top five in the County Championship but will make his Test debut at Lord’s as a direct replacement for Middlesex left-hander Dawid Malan.
The 20-year-old has played only 15 first-class matches in his fledgling career but his 684 championship runs at an average of 85.5 this season thrust him into England contention.
Root confirmed Pope’s inclusion in the XI and said Essex seamer Jamie Porter would miss out.
However, conditions on Thursday morning will dictate whether spinner Moeen Ali or seamer Chris Woakes is drafted in to replace Ben Stokes, absent this week because of his ongoing court case in Bristol.
“We’ve got a 12. Jamie Porter is the unlucky one to miss out,” Root said. “With the surface as it is, having looked at it today, we’re going to leave it another 24 hours and then make a decision in the morning.
“Ollie will come in and bat at four. He’s obviously batted at six for Surrey this season – but having seen him play a little bit, and the way his game is set up, I think it’s very much transferable to bat at number four in Test cricket.
Against Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Stuart Broad, Fidel Edwards and Tim Bresnan in the County Championship this season, Ollie Pope has averaged 98 and scored at 4.66rpo. #EngvInd— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) August 5, 2018
“I know that might be seen as quite a big jump. But he’s obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team.”
Root spoke in glowing terms of a batsman who last winter was commended in a New South Wales parliamentary speech after a successful stint with Campbelltown-Camden in Sydney grade cricket. “He’s very mature for a young man,” Root said.
“I can see that he thinks about the game a lot and has a very good understanding of where he’s at within his own game – which is a really good sign in a young man, coming into this environment. I hope that will stand him in really good stead.”
Above all, though, Root hopes the youngster can replicate the form he has shown for Surrey this year as England look to build on last week’s thrilling 31-run victory over India at Edgbaston.
“I think he’s performed exceptionally well this season in County Championship cricket,” Root added.
“He’s played some very important knocks under pressure for Surrey, and he’s got a very good all-round game. That’s a very exciting prospect for such a young man, to have the ability to play in that manner.
“I’m looking forward to him, more than anything, just going out there and being himself – and playing exactly as he has done throughout this summer.”
England will be without Ben Stokes for the crucial Test while young batsman Ollie Pope is set to make his debut.
Here, we take a look at some interesting stats ahead of the second Test which starts on Thursday.
6 – wickets James Anderson is away from 100 wickets at Lord’s. The swing ace has 94 scalps from 22 Tests at the ‘Home of Cricket’.
1 – Only one bowler has managed to pick up 100 or more wickets at a single ground in Tests – Muttiah Muralitharan at Colombo, Kandy and Galle.
3 – Ishant Sharma needs six more wickets to become the third Indian pacer to pick up 250 or more Test wickets.
4 – wins and as many defeats in the last 10 Tests at Lord’s for England. That includes two defeats to Pakistan and one to India.
36 – Tests as captain for Virat Kohli. India have never fielded the same XI in successive Tests under Kohli’s leadership.
42 – India’s lowest-ever Test total of 42 was posted at Lord’s in 1974.
In six out of 67 Tests Virat Kohli has been India's top-scorer in both the innings (incl. incomplete innings). Sachin Tendulkar also had six such instances in his career of 200 Tests.— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 4, 2018
Clearly, India are more dependent on Kohli now than they used to be on Tendulkar. #ENGvIND
67 – runs India opener Mural Vijay needs to complete 4,000 Test runs.
136 – number of Tests played at Lord’s – the most at any ground. Melbourne comes in second at 110.
687 – Ollie Pope is set to become the 687th cricketer to play Test cricket for England. He will play at Lord’s after making his first-class debut last year.