Hello everybody and welcome to live OBO coverage of day three of the second Test from Lord’s. After rain washed out Wednesday this contest moved on apace yesterday with 11 wickets falling, leaving the match delicately poised. For the sake of the series England can ill afford to underperform during the opening couple of hours of play this morning.
That said, with the weather forecast as it is we may not actually see more than a couple of hours of play all day. Rain is expected around lunchtime and it is set to linger.
Out in the middle all eyes will once again be on Jofra Archer after the England paceman made a promising start to his Test career yesterday evening. He went wicketless in his six-over burst but showed the rhythm and threat that have made him such a handful in white ball cricket.
Today may be a shorter day’s play than most this Ashes but that should not downplay the potential significance of what unfolds. An England blitzkrieg before lunch for example could be the springboard the home side have been searching for in the series to date – especially if they can blast out Steve Smith. By contrast, should the visitors reach the first interval relatively unscathed they will retain control of the tempo of this Test and be in a position to make day five another awkward proposition for England’s fragile batsmen.
I’ll be with you for the next hour or so but once play begins Geoff Lemon will bring the whimsy. If you want to join in this pre-play fun you can drop me an email or a tweet.