Antigua - Match abandoned due to unfit outfield
England 7-0 v West Indies
The second Test between England and the West Indies proved shortlived as the match was abandoned after just 10 balls due to a dangerous outfield.
Having seen both Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards struggle to run up on a sandy surface, the decision was made to cancel play.
England captain Andrew Strauss, who was at the crease with his side on 7-0, and West Indies counterpart Chris Gayle were involved in meetings with on-field umpires Tony Hill and Daryl Harper, as well as match referee Alan Hurst.
With the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in no fit state, the decision was taken to abandon the match and stage the third Test at the nearby Antigua Recreation Ground.
The venue has not staged a Test since 2006, though England have been using the facilities for practice sessions in recent days.
Australian Hurst admitted that they were forced to look at alternative options, with the North Sound venue unlikely to get any better in the near future.
"There's a very deep sand base here and even in the first over the bowler was going considerably deep with their footing," he told Sky Sports.
"They were having trouble getting any sort of traction at all. It was deemed to be dangerous by the bowlers and the umpires were in agreement with that."
The situation regarding the state of the outfield had been raised during the build-up to the match, though Hurst revealed no one had actually tested out the conditions to see if they were fit for action.
Gayle had won the toss and opted to insert England, who had decided to draft in Owais Shah and James Anderson for Ian Bell and Steve Harmison after they suffered a shocking innings defeat in the series opener in Jamaica.
Openers Strauss and Alastair Cook had few alarms in the 14 minutes of action possible in between a short rain break.
"I don't think there was any doubt that there was a problem as far as the sand is concerned. Everyone felt, including the umpires, that it may have been okay," Hurst admitted.
"We hadn't had anyone bowl on the wicket to test it out. We had to have someone do that before a decision can be made.
"It would have been jumping the gun before play to say it's unfit. The evidence has been shown in the first two overs."
The outfield at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium was only re-laid in late autumn due its previous shabby condition and there has been little grass growth since.