Lengthy delay and shortened game on the cards in Manchester

Jos Buttler’s reign as the new England white-ball captain didn’t start on a promising note, with two series losses against India and his team finding themselves down 1-0 after the 62-run defeat at Chester-le-Street. They’ll now take field in the 50-over format whithout Ben Stokes, who finished his odi career at his home ground and that might prompt a rejig as far as England’s team combinations are concerned. South Africa, on the other hand, have lost Andile Phehlukwayo to concussion.

It has rained since morning and it refuses to stop. The entire square has been placed under covers at the Old Trafford.