England pace great James Anderson was thrust straight into the action after being passed fit to play in the second Test against India at Lord’s on Thursday when home captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to field.
Yet just as Anderson was preparing to bowl the first ball, rain — which had delayed the toss — saw the umpires take the players off the field.
Stuart Broad, Anderson’s longtime new-ball partner, had already been ruled out of the remainder of the five-match series after pulling up with a calf problem in training.
The 39-year-old Anderson, who suffered a thigh injury on Wednesday, warmed up on the outfield on Thursday before rain briefly delayed the toss.
England will hope to avoid a repeat of the 2019 Ashes opener at Edgbaston where Anderson, nursing a niggling injury, broke down on the first morning to leave the attack a bowler light — no substitute fielder in a Test is allowed to bowl in those circumstances.
Anderson’s 621 Test wickets are an England record, with Broad’s 524 wickets leaving him second in the national standings.
England made three changes to the side that drew the rain-marred first Test at Trent Bridge last week.