The long-awaited return of international cricket was delayed by rain as England prepared to take on the West Indies in the first #raisethebat Test in the bio-secure bubble at the Ageas Bowl.
The last Test between New Zealand and India concluded on March 2, six days before the conclusion of the Women’s T20 World Cup, while England wrapped up their previous competitive outing in Johannesburg on January 27.
The skies were grey overhead as the umpires decided to push back the scheduled 10.30am toss, but the forecast suggested the day was not heading for a washout.
The three-match contest between these sides has been named the #raisethebat Series in honour of key workers all over the country who have helped tackle the coronavirus pandemic, with England players wearing individual names on the back of their training shirts.
The boundary boards on the perimeter of the pitch also carried the name of Sir Everton Weekes, the great Bajan batsman who died at the age of 95 last week.
Just 86 overs have been possible across two days of the second Test against Pakistan in Southampton.
Just over 40 overs were possible on day two, with Pakistan’s first innings on 223 for nine when stumps were called prematurely.
Rizwan emerged from a previously low-key knock to post 53 not out, leading Mohammad Abbas in an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 39.
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc believes an extended off-season and rigorous strength training may help him crack the 100mph mark.
A group of 40 black former players and coaches have told Cricket South Africa the systems that sustain the game in the country are broken.
The first session lasted just an hour.
Australia are set to play England in three ODIs and the same amount of T20s.
On 14 August 1990 Sachin Tendulkar showed his mettle with a match-saving hundred.