The scene is not particularly encouraging at Lord's this morning. The rain has stopped for now but the ground itself is very wet after showers this morning and there are more forecast today. Certainly, play won't be starting on time today and in fact there has been plenty of speculation that the players won't get on at all today. That will depend on whether further rain holds off or not.
The delayed start also keeps us waiting for confirmation of the two teams and the toss of the coin. Australia will make at least one change with James Pattinson being rested while England will make at least two with James Anderson out injured and Moeen Ali dropped.
You guessed it - No.1 on the list is Steve Smith.
"This isn’t exactly breaking news. The world’s best Test batsman again shapes as a force to be reckoned with at Lord’s, where four years ago he blazed 215 to get his name on the honour board. After his twin tons at Edgbaston he remains Australia’s major asset and England’s biggest problem."
CLICK HERE to read our man on the ground Chris Barrett's piece ahead of day one of the second Test.
The early word from London is that it's pouring down. Covers are still on the ground and it's not good news for those who've just finished dinner and about to crack a cold one and watch some cricket. No word on when a toss is going to occur either at this stage. Watch this space.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second Ashes Test at Lord's. I'll be in the blogging chair for the duration of the five days. Can Australia continue their dominance over England or will the hosts bounce back to win at a ground that hasn't been a happy hunting ground for them in recent Ashes contests? All will be revealed over what is set to be a tantalising five days or so.