Jofra Archer's England Test debut on hold after rain washes out opening day of Lord's Test

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Jofra Archer was handed his maiden Test cap before play was called off.

The first day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s was washed out before a ball had been bowled, forcing England’s Jofra Archer to wait for his eagerly-anticipated debut.

The most exciting moment of a bleak day at the home of cricket came when Archer, one of the stars of England’s victorious World Cup campaign and bowler of the super over which sealed the trophy, was awarded his first cap by Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan.

Only eight of Jordan’s 78 England appearances have come in the five-day format but he was easily the most apt choice to welcome his fellow Barbadian into the fold, having helped the man he calls “a little brother” swap the Caribbean for Hove three years ago.

When Jordan presented Archer with his Three Lions cap, shortly before 3pm, there was still hope of seeing him in action but fading hopes of getting captains Joe Root and Tim Paine to complete the toss disappeared as another heavy downpour struck.

Forecasts are better for day two, when the famous old ground will turn red in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation – a lung cancer charity set up to honour the late wife of Andrew Strauss, the former England captain and director of men’s cricket.

Fans have been asked to wear the colour and both teams will wear limited-edition caps and shirts to be auctioned off, one of several fund-raising initiatives in place on Thursday.

Play will be extended by half an hour on each of the remaining four days, meaning only one session has been lost to the weather at this stage.

England, who have yet to reveal whether Sam Curran or Jack Leach will take the final place in their side, are 1-0 down after their heavy loss in the series opener at Edgbaston but will be buoyed by the presence of Archer’s formidable 90mph pace.

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No play possible at all at Lord's on the first day.

Day One in the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s was washed away without a ball being bowled after persistent showers played spoilsport throughout Wednesday.

The hosts handed a maiden Test cap to Jofra Archer on a gloomy and wet day at Lord’s with the Barbados-born pacer receiving the honour from his close friend Chris Jordan.

Australia lead the five-match series 1-0 after their 251 run win in the opener at Edgbaston and will be hoping to take another giant step to their first Ashes series win on English soil since 2001.

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Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq (l).

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“I have applied and my interview is next week. I just feel that I can contribute a lot to Pakistan cricket,” Saqlain was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

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Saqlain played 49 Tests and 169 ODIs for Pakistan over the course of his international career in which he picked up 208 and 288 wickets respectively.

The former spinner was also a part of England’s coaching setup during their maiden World Cup triumph recently and is a Level Three certified coach with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

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