England in West Indies 2013-14

England return to scene of abandonment

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 18, 2013

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Groundsmen dig beneath the surface of the Antigua pitch and find a sandpit, West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St. Johns, Antigua, February 13, 2009
England's Test at North South in 2009 lasted just 10 balls © Getty Images
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England will return to the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua for the first time since their Test against West Indies in 2009 was abandoned after 10 balls due to a dangerous outfield consisting largely of sand.

Alastair Cook, who opened the batting with Andrew Strauss in that match, will take his ODI team to West Indies for three ODIs beginning at the end of February all of which will be held at North Sound. Three Twenty20s then follow, which will be staged in Barbados, as preparation for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh which is due to start in mid-March.

The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium returned to the international scene in May 2010, 14 months after the abandonment involving England, after the outfield was relayed for a second time and has since held matches in all formats.

The brief tour of the Caribbean is part of a period full of ODI and Twenty20 cricket for England in the early part of 2014 following the conclusion of the Ashes in Sydney in early January.

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Posted by yoadie on (May 19, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

It was just a few weeks ago that Garth Wattley of the Trinidad Express, asked in one of his ESPNcricinfo pieces, (quote): "How does West Indies cricket get competitive again?" Not, might I suggest, with more of the hit-and-giggle stuff that England's tour of the Caribbean early next, is offering. Talk about planting more corn and expecting to reap peas.

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