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England, West Indies players take early lunch due to rain

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Persistent drizzle in Southampton has put back the return of international cricket.

The long-awaited return of international cricket was delayed by rain as the opening session of England’s first #raisethebat Test against the West Indies was washed out inside 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.

But fans were watching and listening at home were forced to wait as persistent drizzle in Southampton delayed the scheduled 10.30am toss and then led to umpires Richard Kettlebrough and Richard Illingworth deciding there would be an early lunch at 12.30pm.

England captain Ben Stokes, fourth right, and his team warm up on the pitch (Adrian Dennis/NMC Pool/PA)

Stand-in captain Ben Stokes won the eventual toss at 1.30pm and opted to bat first with the floodlights on, with the all-rounder almost breaking social distancing protocols by shaking hands with opposite number Jason Holder before peeling apart.

Stokes’ team-sheet confirmed Stuart Broad would be sitting out alongside Chris Woakes, meaning Jofra Archer and Mark Wood shared a Test pitch for the first time.

England’s absent Test captain Joe Root was watching from home, with the latest addition to his family.

Root stepped out of the ‘bio-secure’ environment due to the impending birth of his and wife Carrie’s second child and confirmed their new arrival in an Instagram post.

Alongside a picture that showed him holding the new baby and sitting with son Alfie, Root wrote: “Good luck boys @englandcricket We will be watching and supporting you all the way! #cricketisback”

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 backs 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.

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