The second day of the second test between England and Pakistan at Edgbaston has got off to a slow start today thanks to poor weather, but England have maintained their leading position after less than hour's play in the first session.

Play was delayed and started at around 11:35 with Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen at the crease for England, hoping to build on their scores of 31 and 35 respectively.

Both players managed to score runs before rain stopped play at around 12:10, with Trott reaching 37 and Pietersen edging towards his half-century with 42 and England at 125/2, putting the home side well ahead of Pakistan, who scored just 72 runs all out in their first innings yesterday.

However the morning was not without its drama, with Pietersen threatening to lose his wicket on a number of occasions.

Shortly after play began a huge appeal went up against Pietersen after a ball from Mohammad Amir appeared to catch him lbw. However the decision was not out as the ball nicked the inside edge of Pietersen's bat before being dropped yet again by the Pakistani fielders, adding insult to injury.

Pietersen was the centre of controversy in the very next over after he appeared to step away from a bowl from Mohammad Asif, leading the umpire to call a dead ball. However Pietersen went on to hit it anyway, the ball was caught but was ruled not out as it was a dead ball, despite the fact that the rules state that in such a situation he should have been sent back to the pavilion.

Very soon however everyone was heading back to the pavilion and an early lunch was called as rain brought play to an end.