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A groundsman marks the pitch as the Antigua Recreation Ground readies to host the third Test, West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St. John's, Antigua, February 13, 2009 © AFP

  • Feb 13, 2009

    A man paints a wall of the Antigua Recreation Ground © AFP

  • Feb 13, 2009

    Groundsmen measure the pitch as they prepare the Antigua Recreation Ground to host the third Test © AFP

  • Feb 13, 2009

    Firefighters are called in to water the outfield at the Antigua Recreation Ground, after its last-minute call-up to host the island's abandoned Test © AFP

  • Feb 13, 2009

    Groundsmen dig beneath the surface of the Antigua pitch and find a sandpit © Getty Images

  • Feb 13, 2009

    Where are the buckets and spades? Groundsmen dig beneath the surface but find just sand, sand, sand in Antigua © Getty Images

  • Feb 13, 2009

    Daren Powell points to a suspect part of the bowlers' run-up on a farcical day in Antigua © AFP

  • Feb 13, 2009

    The match referee Alan Hurst inspects the pitch and run-ups with the two umpires, Daryl Harper and Tony Hill © AFP

  • Feb 13, 2009

    Andrew Strauss and Chris Gayle chat to the umpires play was abandoned for the day owing to a "dangerous" surface © AFP

  • Feb 13, 2009

    Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss chat to the umpires and match referee shortly before play was abandoned for the day owing to a "dangerous" surface © PA Photos

  • Feb 12, 2009

    Kevin Pietersen has a look at the pitch on the eve of the second Test © Getty Images

  • Feb 12, 2009

    Andrew Strauss checks out the pitch on the eve of the match © Getty Images

  • Feb 12, 2009

    Sulieman Benn enjoys a light-hearted moment © Getty Images

  • Feb 12, 2009

    James Anderson bowls during a net session © Getty Images