LONDON (AP) - Persistent rain has wiped out the first two sessions of the second Test between England and India at Lord's.

An improved early-evening forecast means some overs after tea on Thursday may still be possible though bad light could become another factor for umpires to consider.

England leads the five-match series 1-0 after completing a thrilling 31-run victory at Edgbaston on Saturday.

The players could not step out for warm-ups due to the rain. Low hanging clouds and a lack of wind meant that the weather conditions are not likely to change anytime soon. The match officials decided to take an early lunch, moving the scheduled break ahead by 30 minutes.

Weather forecast does predict a change in situation around teatime, so there could be an extended last session. Drainage facilities at Lord's are excellent and play can begin as soon as the conditions improve.


There is more rain forecast for this weekend as also on Monday, and as such, this match could see routine rain breaks.

England did name a first 12 on Wednesday, with 20-year-old Olliver Pope waiting to make his Test debut. India has not named any shortlist of players, but skipper Virat Kohli had said that he was tempted to play a second spinner.

That thought might well have changed now, given the weather conditions and forecast ahead.

England is leading the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Birmingham by 31 runs.