Weather wins again at Edgbaston
The start of the third and final Investec Test between England and West Indies was further delayed as persistent rain forced a second successive washout at Edgbaston.
Conditions remained depressingly similar to the opening day as drizzle fell steadily throughout the morning and into the afternoon.
With further rain forecast and the ground sodden, the umpires opted to abandon play for the day at 1:50pm, ensuring the first two days of a Test in England have been lost for the first time in 48 years.
A toss has yet to take place, meaning the line-ups for both teams remain unclear. England, 2-0 up in the series, have the option of selecting Steven Finn or Graham Onions - perhaps both - in the absence of James Anderson, while West Indies have concerns over the fitness of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is struggling with a side strain.
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1:50pm - We have another washout. Play is abandoned for the day.
1:05pm - Still no positive news from here unfortunately. The blotter machines are out in force, but it looks as though the determined efforts of the groundstaff may well prove in vain.
12:15pm - Mr Pietersen has just wandered back across the ground after completing his signing duties. Hopefully he will have helped to cheer up some of the supporters who are being denied any action out in the middle, where the rain continues to fall steadily.
11:40am - Kevin Pietersen - who has rather ambitiously turned up in shorts this morning - is doing his best to lift the mood of the hardy fans gathered around Edgbaston. The England batsmen is about to conduct a signing session in the TwelfthMan Hub.
11:20am - We have just had official confirmation that lunch will be taken at the normal time of 1pm, after which the umpires will review the situation.
10:55am - As I swam along the A38 out of Birmingham city centre this morning, I could not help but feel sorry for Warwickshire's groundsman, Gary Barwell. He succeeded the long-serving Steve Rouse over the winter and this is his first Test match at the helm. What a way to start!
10:45am - The rain has predictably returned. Grim scenes out in the middle at present.
10:30am - Without wishing to tempt fate, it may be worth pointing out that 48 years have passed since the first two days of a Test match in England were washed out. The Edgbaston groundstaff are, of course, working tirelessly to ensure we get some play today.
10:25am - Needless to say, we will not be having a toss any time soon. That may represent good news for West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was taken to hospital yesterday for a scan on a side strain.
10:10am - That's right, the covers are on once again following further showers in Birmingham. We are going to need a significant improvement in conditions if the players are to make it out on to the field. Hopefully the rain stays away for a few hours. It looks to have stopped for the time being at least.
10:05am - Good morning once again from a soggy Edgbaston. Day one of the third and final Investec Test between England and West Indies was a total washout and I am afraid to say we could be in for more of the same today...