The start of the second Ashes Test has been delayed because of rain, with further showers forecast on what shapes to be an anticlimactic opening day at Lord’s.
The toss was slated for 7.30pm AEST but the pitch has been blanketed with heavy covers for the majority of the morning.
Umpires had a brief inspection of some wet patches in the outfield when the coin was due to be tossed.
Australia hold a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series, having won by 251 runs at Edgbaston thanks largely to two centuries from Steve Smith.
James Pattinson has been rested from the clash in London but the tourists are yet to confirm whether Josh Hazlewood or Mitchell Starc will claim his place in the XI.
England captain Joe Root is also yet to announce his team, with the hosts weighing up whether to leave left-arm spinner Jack Leach on the sidelines and bank on an all-pace attack.
Root suggested the prospect of losing a day to wet weather wouldn’t influence England’s selectors.
“You’ve got to keep an open mind and Test cricket is all about adapting anyway,” Root said in his pre-match press conference.
“I’m sure that if the weather throws up some surprises or has a big say in things, we’ll have to make sure we manage that well.”