Rain saw day one of the third and final Test between England and the West Indies abandoned without a ball bowled at Edgbaston in Birmingham
The toss, originally scheduled for 10:30 local time (09:30 GMT), was pushed back as inclement weather hung over Birmingham and, by 12:30 local time (11:30 GMT), umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Tony Hill were yet to inspect conditions as rain continued to fall and an early lunch break was called.
The officials, who had been wanting to give the rain a chance to abate, called stumps just before tea as the few remaining fans trooped out of the venue.
Full covers remained over the pitch amid bleak scenes, while it is hoped the venue’s relatively new drainage system will allow for a prompt start on Friday if showers eventually subside.
The home side sport an unassailable two-nil lead in the three-match series on the back of five- and nine-wicket wins at Lord’s and Trent Bridge respectively.
England rested seamer James Anderson this match and wicketkeeper Matt Prior was cleared to play after recovering from an eye infection, while the Windies were set to hand a debut to Sunil Narine.