FIRST TEST, Lord's (day one, close):
England v New Zealand 208-6
Brendon McCullum hit a swashbuckling 97 to help New Zealand reach 208-6 after a truncated first day of the opening Test against England at Lord's.
McCullum rode his luck to smash 13 fours and two sixes and shared 99 in 20 overs with Jacob Oram (23 not out).
When play began at 1320 BST following morning drizzle, England won a key toss and James Anderson duly removed both openers within the first eight overs.
Monty Panesar bowled McCullum off the pad before bad light ended play early.
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BAD LIGHT STOPS PLAY FOR DAY
1825: That's officially it. Au revoir.
1800: Cricket being cricket, there's no decision yet on whether we'll have any more action tonight. Going on the basis that all the covers are on and that there are men out there with torches, I'd say that might well be it. One million thanks for all the email and text magic today - more of the same at 1100 Friday.
1742 - NZ 208-6
Here comes Skipper Vettori, blinking out through his specs and smiling as a controlled outside edge off Broad zips away through gully for four. And that's the last action we'll have for a while - Bucknor and Taufel walk with menace to confer, wave the light meters and head for the pavilion.
1732 - WICKET - McCullum b Panesar 97, NZ 203-6
Monty has his revenge - Basher is fooled by the flight, aims a big drive and is cleaned up off his pads. Heartbreak for the Kiwi stumper - last time at Lord's he fell four runs shy of his ton, and now he's missed out again. Monty heads off on a hare-brained canter and is mobbed by his laughing compadres.
1731 - NZ 203-5
Significant gloominess out there now, so Vaughan flings the ball to Colly for a trundle. Basher pushes two to leg and then clouts a lofty pull to deep midwicket for two more. A casual single takes him to 97.
1726 - NZ 198-5
Much to Monty's relief, Oram's on strike. Just a single and leg bye to the total.
From Tim Haveron Jones in New Delhi, TMS inbox: "It's interesting that you should refer to Mick Jagger looking like a naan bread that's been left in the sun for three days. Because I am in a very fine restaurant in Delhi, eating a Poppadum that looks exactly like Mick Jagger."
1722 - NZ 196-5
Brilliant stuff from McCullum - Broad serves up a pacey one just short of a length and is belted high over extra cover for another six. 92 now for Basher from 91 balls, 13 fours, two sixes. Vaughan looks like a man who's just swallowed a pint of sea water.
1717 - NZ 182-5
A return for Monty. Basher thrashes his first one straight back past the umpire's feet for a brutal four and is then hit bang in front with the next one. Monty's off with giant hands waving like a triffid's stinger but Bucknor shakes his sad head sadly. Interesting - that looked gone. Basher, delighting in his reprieve, then launches a loopy one high into the cloudy sky for a bowler-crushing maximum straight back down the ground.
1715 - NZ 169-5
Big let-offs for Oram - he prods with leaden feet as Broad angles across him and edges at hands height straight through where third slip would be. Two balls later he pushes again and watches aghast as the edge falls just shy of Cook at first slip. Steam sizzles out of Broad's ears.
1710 - NZ 162-5
Siders to Oram, and each is happy to get through it without damage.
1705 - NZ 162-5
Cheekiness in the extreme from Basher - a single to the struggling Oram finally gets him on strike against Broad, and he celebrates with an audacious bottom-hand pop over midwicket for a two-bounce four. Broad looks utterly befuddled. Bucknor is looking at his light meter like a man who's never seen one before.
1702 - NZ 157-5
Not much joy for Siders here. He tries to bend one into the pads, only for the ball to scoot away past Ambrose's grasping fingertips for four byes, and then optimistically shouts, "Catch it!" as a fuller one is thumped back over his curly mop for four more. Umpo Bucknor has his light meter out. Hmmm.
1657 - NZ 149-5
Maiden for Malfoy. Oram's poking at the bowling like an angry 1930s City gent using his umbrella to keep a street urchin at bay. He thrusts angrily at a shortish Broad one and almost edges behind.
1653 - NZ 149-5
Basher's motoring through the gears now - he slashes one down to third man for his ninth four and picks up his tenth with a dreamy high-elbow drive off the toiling Siders. 40 added to the board since tea already, and Oram's yet to free his mighty shoulders either.
1647 - NZ 141-5
Jimmy takes a blow, with Lee Speaking replacing him. McCullum swivels in a flash and creams a short one through midwicket for a thumping four. A flick to leg brings up his half-century, off 65 balls and with eight fours. Super effort from Basher.
1643 - NZ 135-5
Bellows from behind the timbers as Oram pokes at Siders's slider. Bucknor sniffs the air and keeps his finger housed. Good decision too - it kissed the pad on the way through but no more.
1638 - NZ 135-5
McCullum shovels Jimmy's wide one down towards Jagger in the Mound, and Monty gives chase with all the easy grace of a man trying to remember which foot follows which in what order. In the stands, a boy with the hair of a man who has never looked in a mirror idly flicks through a programme. The closest analogy I can come up with for his barnet is a rounded privet hedge with an alice band wedged on top.
1633 - NZ 131-5
Oram leans casually on a couple of defensive prods as Siders stays over the wicket. Not much in-dip so far. Re these new jumpers - I'll go on record as saying I'm a fan. They're not traditional, for sure, but they're undoubtedly spiffy.
1628 - NZ 130-5
Hello - there's Mick Jagger in the crowd, his face looking like a naan bread that's been left in the sun for three days. His hospitality box is nicely housed under the roof of the Mound Stand, which in the event of more rain should please the man who sang Gimme Shelter. Anderson takes some stick, McCullum cutting him with relish for four, Oram flicking another boundary off his legs and Ambrose spilling four ugly byes off an extravagant away-zipper.
1623 - NZ 115-5
It's farewell Dirs, who's gone off for a cup of tea and a gasper, and hello Siders. Giant Jacob O drills one past a feeble Vaughany stretch at cover before edging along the ground past second slip. Grey overhead but no sign of excess moisture.
1601 - 109-5 McCullum momentarily forgets he's grafting for his country in a Lord's Test and thinks he's back playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL - crazy old heave-ho and he's beaten by Anderson all ends up. Anderson then scythes McCullum in half and the ball flies away for four, before McCullum gets some more luck, the ball coming off the splice and falling just short of the fielder at mid-on. That's the tea break, and the end of one of the longest sessions of Test cricket I can remember.
1556 - 105-5 England skipper Vaughan opts for a blast of Monty before tea. A strangled lbw shout by Panesar against McCullum, but Bucknor's having none of it. Bigger appeal next ball, but again Bucknor reckons McCullum was playing a genuine shot. Good, probing first over from Monty, a leg-bye and a McCullum single from it.
"How about Leo Robin's inspirational lyrics, 'Venus de Milo was noted for her charms, But strictly between us, you're cuter than Venus, And what's more, you got arms.'"
GargantuanTackle on 606
1548 - WICKET - Flynn b Anderson 9, NZ 104-5
Flynn's first Test innings is brought to an end, the left-hander looking to play into the leg-side and finding himself bowled behind his legs. That's Anderson's third wicket so far, the selectors vindicated in sticking with him. The relatively experienced Oram is the new man at the crease, and he's got four tons from 27 Tests. New Zealand could really do with one from the lofty left-hander now. He survives the over.
1546 - 104-4 Quick single from the quicksilver McCullum with a dab into the leg-side. Collingwood's back into the attack, and that's a majestic stroke from Flynn, picking Colly up outside leg-stump and depositing the ball to the backward square-leg fence. That's the New Zealand ton, and Flynn adds another run to move to nine.
"I was spending a penny downstairs and it occurred to me, why do people choose to spend a penny in a particular urinal when there are seven or eight to choose from?"
CMJ on TMS
1543 - 98-4 Extraordinary delivery from Anderson, the ball arching down Flynn's leg-side before hooping back the other way, beating Ambrose's left hand and running away for four. That's better from Anderson, finding the old corridor of uncertaintly outside Flynn's off-peg. Better control today from Anderson, just 23 runs from his eight overs.
1537 - 94-8 Sidebottom onto Flynn's legs and that's the debutant's first four, and first runs, in Test cricket. One more leg-bye from the over and Flynn is keepigng his head on Test debut.
1534 - 89-4 McCullum shovels Broad down to short fine-leg for two before advancing down the track and hoicking Broad to the fine-leg fence. Big shot that, and McCullum moves to 31 from 40.
1528 - 83-4 Sidebottom finding a groove just outside Flynn's off-stump and that's a maiden. I have to agree about these new England jumpers - Vaughan's got a short-sleeve one on and it's absolutely ruddy awful. What was wrong with a good old-fashioned cable-knit, apart from the fact that it must have felt like you had a Yeti on your back when you were fielding in the slips?
"Lyrical masterpiece from Thin Lizzy's Killer on the Loose: 'Don't unzip your zipper, cos you know I'm Jack the Ripper'. Rubbish lyrics and poor taste all in one!"
Richard in the TMS inbox
1524 - NZ 83-4 Looking very murky out there at Lord's and I'm not sure how much longer they can stay out there. McCullum whips Broad down to fine-leg for two. Broad is turning into an upright, professional presence on the field for England. He could become to bowling what George Alagiah is to reading the news. That said, McCullum's just spangled him through the covers for four. Have a read of Alec Stewart's latest blog, it's absolutely tremendous.
1519 - NZ 77-4 McCullum moves to 19 with a clip to mid-wicket for one. Three slips, a gully and a forward short-leg in for Flynn, but Sidebottom is really struggling with his line today. Just the one run from the over, however.
1512 - WICKET - Marshall c Strauss b Broad 24, NZ 76-4
There goes Marshall, fishing at Broad outside off-stump, and Strauss snaffles the catch at first slip. New Zealand in serious trouble at Lord's, and here comes Northern Districts's Daniel Flynn on debut. Flynn averages 32.82 from 26 first-class matches, with four tons and four fifties. He survives Broad's over and that's a wicket-maiden.
1509 - 77-3 Wild from McCullum, arching his back and missing with a wild and windy woosh outside off. And there's four seriously streaky runs from the Kiwi gloveman. McCullum looks to whip Sidebottom away for four off his pads and the ball skews over cover and dribbles away for four. It sounds like Blowers is tickling Sir Geoffrey in the TMS commentary box, either that or he's just seen this year's Turner Prize entrants.
"Can anyone top ABC's lyrical masterpiece? 'More Sacrifices than an Aztec priest, Standing here straining at that leash, All fall down, Can't complain, mustn't grumble, Help yourself to another piece of apple crumble.'"
Darren Pluck in the TMS inbox
1505 - NZ 68-3 Uppish from McCullum, but that's four, the ball streaking past Bell at point. One more for McCullum before Marshall draws his bat out of the line late. Marshall very nearly plays on next ball, thrusting tentatively forward and the ball just missing middle stump. But there's a bit of respite for the batsman, Broad straying onto his pads and Marshall clipping him away for four. More leg-side stuff from Broad, and this time Ambrose does well to save any runs diving to his left.
1501 - NZ 63-3 Siders struggling for a bit of rhythm here and he strays onto McCullum's pads and is clipped away for four. A couple of punters have just correctly pointed out that Justin Marshall was in fact an ex-All Black scrum-half. Obviously, I knew that. He still looks like David Van Day. Marshall gets half forward and slices into the gully, where Pietersen fields one bounce low to his left. Little round of applause from Sidebottom, that was a decent save from KP.
1456 - NZ 58-3 Broad on from the Nursery End and he almost cleans Marshall up, the Auckland man shouldering arms. A maiden over, Broad ticking over nicely.
1450 - NZ 58-3 As expected, Sidebottom is back on from the other end, and he's convinced he's got Marshall leg-before. Umpire Bucknor, however, looks at Sidebottom and shakes his head as if the Notts paceman has just told a particularly blue joke about his daughter. Well done Steve, that pitched just outside leg. One leg-bye from the final ball of the over.
"How about this for bad pop lyrics. Detsl, a Russian teenage rapper, once produced this cracker: 'There were so many people at my party that there weren't enough slippers to go round, so people walked around bravely in their outdoor shoes.' Now he was cool."
Ben Hamson in the TMS inbox
1445 - NZ 57-3 Collingwood is going to get an over from the Pavilion End - Siders obviously doesn't fancy that end much. It's a decent over from Colly, with a touch of hoop away from the right-handed McCullum.
"I'll see your Level 42 and raise you a Des'ree: 'I don't want to see a ghost/It's the sight that I fear most/I'd rather have a piece of toast/Watch the evening news'."
James MP, Notts, in the TMS inbox
1441 - NZ 57-3 Pearler of a delivery from Broad, getting one to jag away late from Marshall. Plenty of swing from the Notts paceman, but that's better from Marshall, getting forward and timing Broad through the covers for four. Here come drinks. Phil Tufnell has got the hump about these new England sweaters on TMS. There was nothing like the feeling of getting that heavy, wool sweater out of the wrapper on your England debut apparently. Although Tuffers's sweater must have seriously kicked up on a drizzly day what with the amount of tabs he smoked.
1435 - NZ 52-3 Sidebottom back on for Anderson from the Pavilion End and he strays onto Marshall's pads and gives up four leg-byes. And that's the fifty up courtesy of a sharp single to mid-off. Siders down leg-side for the fourth time in the over and there's former All Black fly-half Justin Marshall in the crowd, chatting away to an absolute crackerjack young lady. Not sure how he's managed that, he looks a bit like David 'Burger Van' Day out of Dollar. Not a great over that from Sidebottom, although, to be honest, I'm still reeling from a YouTube clip sent by a mate this morning showing the video for Level 42's Chinese Way. It contains possibly the worst verse in the history of popular music: "My eyes wide open, I feel a breeze, Words softly spoken...In Cantonese¿" Mark King, you are a magnificent slap-bassist, but Thomas Edison deserved better than that.
1430 - NZ 45-3 All right? Tom's going to be fannying about in the gym for the next hour and a half, so I'm filling in. Oh, that's a little ripper of a late outswinger to ease me in from Broad, McCullum had a serious nibble at that. McCullum stands tall and steers Broad into the gully for a couple. McCullum happy to play it cool for the rest of the over, but we know the Kiwi wicket-keeper can drop anchor as well as go berserk, as he likes to do in the shorter game.
1427 - NZ 43-3
Could be time for Anderson to take a blow here, maybe with Siders having a pop from this Pavilion End instead. Two skiddy wide ones are left alone by Marshall, who may be considering dropping an anchor in the circumstances.
From Jon in Shropshire, TMS inbox: "Timmy Mallet actually stayed in my parents' bed and breakfast in East Sussex. He enjoyed his time there so much he stayed for lunch and played croquet on the lawn. Needless to say he was handy with his mallet and took us to the cleaners."
1419 - WICKET - Taylor c Collingwood b Broad 19, NZ 41-3
Lee Speaking strikes! Taylor swipes wildly at a stock one and succeeds only in skying it to Colly jogging back from slip. Ugly shot, but Lee is all smiles. Basher McCullum comes in and is squared up by an absolute ripper first ball. It's all England.
1417 - NZ 41-2
The Vaughan cogs are clearly turning - he brings in a short third man/fly-slip to counter the over-slips slash. Jimmy keeps Marshall on the straight and narrow.
1413 - NZ 40-2
So here we go - 'Lee Speaking' Broad into the attack. Taylor goes at him like a man who's been gorging on IPL pie and batters a shortish one off the edge over third slip. Lee then nearly sneaks one through his guard as he moves into top gear.
1407 - NZ 35-2
Now it's Marshall's turn to get lucky - he slashes a cut straight at Pietersen in the gully, but KP just doesn't pick it up at all, and the ball flies past his startled right ear. KP shrugs in blameless fashion.
From Stuart in Oxford, TMS inbox: "I used to enjoy breakfast in a cafe in Oxford on a regular basis on the next table to Thom Yorke of Radiohead. He always had a flapjck and an orange juice - rock 'n' roll."
1403 - NZ 30-2
Edgy times here in every way for the Kiwis - Taylor pokes at Siders' nagging length and gets a booming outside edge over third slip for four. There's wickets in them there hills, I tells thee.
1355 - WICKET - How c Ambrose b Anderson 7, NZ 18-2
It's a repeat in every way except for the no-ball element - a Jimmy sizzler just outside off takes the outside edge and a caterwauling Ambrose takes the pouch. Ross Taylor comes in, slaps a four through square leg and then calls Marshall through for a kamikaze single - but with the crease at the striker's end as vacant as Jade Goody, Anderson hurls the ball wide of the timbers. Comical let-off.
1352 - NZ 18-1
Siders switches to round the wicket and Marshall sensibly keeps his blade tucked away.
1347 - NZ 18-1
It's all happening - How glides a three before Marshall gets a huge nick to a Jimmy lifter, but Umpire Taufel has called no-ball. Whoosh. Marshall then drives straight to Monty at mid-off, who falls like a 90-year-old and lets the ball dribble through his hands for a free single.
From Craig in Manchester, TMS inbox "I once had breakfast at a table opposite Timmy Mallet in the Swansea Marriott. I thought he was there with his mother - it turned out to be his wife."
1341 - NZ 13-1
Five dotters from Siders as Marshall squints back down the track, before a juicy half-volley is slapped away through cover for the first boundary of the summer. Lord's three-quarters full; atmos somewhat damp.
1337 - NZ 9-1
Marshall gets the board ticking over with a push off Jimmy through midwicket and an angled runner between fourth slip and gully. No great wobble for Jimmy at the mo.
A word of consolation for Aaron Redmond - let's not forget that Graham Gooch made a pair on his Test debut, and he went on to be the top Test run-scorer of all time at Lord's. Doesn't really bear close analysis, that, but let's go with it - the Redmond family need everything they can get.
1332 - NZ 3-1
In comes a fourth slip as Siders chunters in to How. A hurried jab off the pads for a single gets new-man James Marshall on strike and, in the battle of the curlies, Marshall survives. Nice suggestion of 'Britsa' Broad for overseas tours.
1327 - WICKET Redmond c Cook b Anderson, NZ 2-1
Jimmy A at the other end, and Redmond leaves the first few alone before edging his fifth delivery in Test cricket low to Cook's right at third slip. That's a quacker on his debut - the poor boy - and a dreadful start for the Black Caps. Apparently Aaron's old man Rodney made 107 and 56 on his own Test debut but was never picked again - some sort of issue with his contact lenses. A tragic tale for both father and son.
1323 - NZ 2-0
England's player of the year is handed the cherrry. How tickles a two to long leg off his hip before Siders responds with a nice slider just past the outside edge.
On the Broad front, 'Lee Speaking' edges in front.
1317: Jamie How and Aaron Redmond - the latter on dayboo - are out there. We're going to have play...
From Justin Jones in Nottingham, TMS inbox: "I saw Chris Broad's car parked in the Oval car park while he was playing for England in 1987. As a curious schoolboy fan I peered in. Genesis 'Invisible Touch' cassette visible - nice."
1313: Siders leads England out into the middle for a gentle shoulder-loosener or two. Seven minutes to go.
From Owen in Chester, TMS inbox: "Re Dan in Selby - regardless of whether said toy was from a McDonalds Happy or nor, Happy meals are not available for during breakfast time, so therefore it is not a breakfast story at all. Though it is closer than I have ever come to having breakfast with a celebrity."
1258: Righty - play will start at 1320, should there be no further sogginess scenarios. And 'Malfoy' takes the lead in the Broad stakes, just as 'Dumb' is disqualified for its un-BBC overtones.
From Simon in Cambridge: "I once saw Alec Stewart at a local show on the Vodafone stand. There was a game where you had to throw a cricket ball at targets - he didn't hit one. He looked extremely annoyed when I suggested that might be why he took up wicket-keeping."
1253: They're coming in now for Broad. 'Bean' seems popular, although 'Chairman of the' is a little clunky.
From Sam Grimston, TMS inbox: "Apparently I once had breakfast two tables away from Uma Thurman in the Caribbean, but since I couldn't find my glasses I'll have to take my brother's word for it. Allegedly she eats grapefruit very seductively."
1247: Apologies for the lack of further McCartney updates. Apparently he's disappeared, possibly to enjoy some Monkberry Moon Delight for lunch.
From Greg Diaper, TMS inbox: "I once saw WWF wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin eating powdered toast and a bluberry muffin in LA. It looked rather odd as I'd been used to seeing him hitting people over the head with chairs and and smashing cans of beer everywhere."
1240: Opening suggestion on the Broad front: 'Norfolk', from my colleague Matt. It's a start.
From Sean Pyman in Wales, TMS inbox: "My sister met Michael Vaughan in a sandwich shop in Sheffield. She asked him 'Are you...' He quickly said 'yes'. She finished her sentence '...in the queue.' He wasn't, as it turned out."
1233: While we're thumb-twiddling, any suggestions for a nickname for Stuart Broad? I've got the feeling I may have plumped for a 'Broaders' over the winter, but that's tame in the extreme. I'm almost embarrassed to have brought it up again.
From Dan in Selby, TMS inbox: "I once saw Dr Hilary Jones on the train to Surbiton. He was with with his son, and although neither was eating at the time the youngster was playing with a toy that may or may not have come from a Happy Meal."
1223: Problem with these early lunches is that it plays havoc with your dietary plans. Expecting to have to keep my sandwich back until at least 1310, I took on board a banana and snack biscuit at midday. Now I'm not hungry enough for the sanger. Nightmare.
From John Harcourt, TMS inbox: "I once sat next to Sir Richard Hadlee on a flight from Auckland to LA, so I suppose that means we shared breakfast. He didn't want his sausage so I asked if I could have it. He begrudgingly agreed. Should have kept it - would be worth a fortune now."
1214: Latest from the umpires: because of the rain, they're going to take an early lunch. Although not till 1230. Great thinking.
A warm hello to Carole in Maidenhead, TMS inbox: "On the theme of the size of celebrities' extremities, some years ago I worked for a mobile phone company. Jason Leonard came in to be shown by one of the PR girls how to use a Nokia Communicator - each of his fingers was so large it was like trying to type a text with a large banana."
1208: "Precaution"? In that case, why are the umpires out there under umbrellas? Alas - here come the rest of the covers...
Update on the 1143 Blair scenario - I think it's actually John Stephenson, former Essex and Hampshire opener, and now MCC head of cricket.
Worrying news from BBC Sport's Anna Thompson at Lord's: "England are involved in a kit row with their new kit sponsors Adidas. Adidas wants the players to wear brilliant white tops and trousers with red piping and the Adidias logo on, but for many years bat sponsors have been allowed to have their logos on the left thigh.
"The row still has to be resolved so the players will wear Adidas tops but unbranded trousers. We're not sure what colour the trousers will be, but there could be an concoction of white top and cream trousers."
And to think some people are worried about global warming, famine and pestilence.
From Nick, Portsmouth, TMS inbox: "My brother once saw Bobby Davro, when in his wilderness years (Davro, not my brother), trying to hail a cab with a piece of toast in his hand. I suppose you could loosely call that a breakfast story."
1200: Uh-oh - with a few spits and spats of rain in the air, a cover is being trundled back over the pitch. Nothing too dangerous - the word "precaution" is being bandied about by anxious officials.
From Jim Robinson, TMS inbox: "I was once in a hotel breakfast room with Alec Stewart during his playing days when he asked where the cereal bowls were, so I showed him."
1152: Good news for England - Michael Vaughan, sarcastically wearing a sun-hat, wins the toss and opts to bowl. Deep in the dressing-room, Siders licks his lips.
1149: Breaking news: play will start at 1220.
1147: News of the Black Caps. The fresh-faced lads are on the outfield lying spreadeagled on their stomachs, arms touching, forming a large circle reminiscent of a sky-diving team.
1143: Umpires Taufel and Bucknor are now out in the middle, deep in conversation with head groundsman Mick Hunt. There's also a chap with a brolly who looks very much like that actor who always plays Tony Blair. Bucknor points at the sky and Blair does the classic Blair grin.
From Tom Waterman, TMS inbox: "I saw Rory McGrath eating a sandwich on the Tube the other day. If it helps, a load of football fans were singing 'there's only one Rory Bremner' at him."
1138: Andrew Strauss is performing a strange arm-loosening exercise that looks very much like the dance Morecambe and Wise used to do as they headed off into the sunset at the end of every show.
1135: The England boys are now jogging slowly around the outfield. Peter Moores watches on while thumping a bat into his palm in rather menacing fashion.
From Nigel in Edinburgh, TMS inbox: "Not sure if this counts, but my mate Jim lit a fag for the angry baby of rugby commentary, Brian Moore, at Wimbledon station this morning. Almost counts as a celebrity breakfast. Jim says he has very small feet."
1125: More from the England balcony. KP is attempting to open the patio doors but fails to realise that someone's locked them. He pumps the handle in increasingly irritated fashion and is on the point of picking up a bat to smash his way out when someone strolls over and flicks the key. KP then tries to cover his embarrassment with an ostentatious yawn.
1120: Breaking news from the middle - the umpires have asked for the covers to be removed, and they'll undertake a further inspection at 11.45. Hold onto your hats.
From Duncan, TMS inbox: " I don't have any exciting news about celebrities eating breakfast (you count seeing Alex from the Apprentice in Sainsbury's in Manchester two weekends on the trot buying potato cakes) but I thought I should let you know it's sunny in Sheffield."
1105: Disturbing shot of Michael Vaughan on the England balcony - he wanders out with his hands tucked down the front of his trousers. Clearly a bit chilly up there this morning.
1050: The most exciting bit of news from Lord's today: a mate of someone in the office has just had breakfast next to Sir Paul McCartney. Apparently the Beatles legend enjoyed a bowl of fruit salad with a latte. No sign of a Savoy Truffle for pud. Wonder how long it'll be until he stands up on the hospitality box balcony and gives the empty ground a special Macca thumbs-up.
Here we go - the start of a glorious Test summer, and the sun is beating down fr.... oh, who am I trying to fool? Under a sky as grey as David Gower's hair, the covers are on at Lord's.
The start has been delayed, although there's no news yet on a possible kick-off time. Probably because it's still raining.