Saturday 5 December, 2020

Start of England-West Indies Test series delayed by rain

Groundsmen cover the pitch area before the start of the first day of the opening cricket Test match between England and West Indies, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Wednesday July 8, 2020. (Mike Hewitt/Pool via AP).

Groundsmen cover the pitch area before the start of the first day of the opening cricket Test match between England and West Indies, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Wednesday July 8, 2020. (Mike Hewitt/Pool via AP).

International cricket will have to wait a bit longer to resume following the coronavirus outbreak after the start of play in the first Test between England and West Indies was delayed because of light rain on Wednesday.

The covers were on the field at the Rose Bowl in Southampton when the toss was due to be made at 10.30 am local time. The players were on the outfield warming up, though.

Rain was forecast for much of the opening day.

There has been no international cricket anywhere in the world since early March because of the pandemic.

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