The start of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s was delayed due to rain.

Heavy showers throughout the morning in the area prevented the toss from taking place as scheduled at 10:30 local time, meaning play could not commence at 11:00 as planned.

A pitch inspection was due to take place at 11:00.

The weather forecast for the entire first day was bleak, with rain set to fall for virtually the entire day in London.

Australia lead the five-match series 1-0 after beating England by 251 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston earlier this month.