It was back to the day job for England's shell-shocked cricketers as they had their first net session since the Saturday afternoon batting implosion for 51 which handed West Indies the opening Test. They trained at the old Recreation Ground in St John's, a once fine venue which is now decaying around the edges - an analogy which could soon be applied to England unless they're careful.
Both teams had to change their practice plans after it was found that the outfield at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium wasn't ready. England had hoped to do fielding practice there tomorrow, but will now return to the Recreation Ground and hope to train at North Sound on Thursday.
The pitches used for the centre-wicket practice, especially the one for the quick bowlers, showed more life than anything that was produced here for Test matches. It used to be a back-breaking job trying to extract batsmen on a benign surface, but even without hitting full pace Steve Harmison got a few to lift off a length and poor Ian Bell was flattened by a James Anderson bouncer.
One man who came out of the Jamaica debacle with a modicum of respectability - and a hefty bank balance after his IPL deal - was Andrew Flintoff. He bowled his heart out, as he always does, for 33 overs and batted promisingly in the first innings before falling to a weak cut early on the second day.
Then, as England's ship was sinking quicker than the Titanic on the fourth day, his 24 amounted to more than all his team-mates' scores combined. His batting today looked in good order again as he twice planted Graeme Swann into the old stands and he went back for extra throw downs before completing his media commitments.
"I've been in early before but 16 for 4, or whatever it was, was bizarre," Flintoff said, reflecting on recent events. "You still think that you can string a partnership together, in a situation like that you normally get one, but we couldn't even manage that. We are good players and to get bowled out that quickly…there was a lot of shock."
Since the collapse the England camp have been reinforcing the message that the team has plenty of good players, but it is an argument that is hard to make persuasive after their capitulation. Flintoff admits that the only way to prove people wrong is by being successful on the field.
"It's a big test of everyone," he said. "After the game we were flat and probably still are a little bit now. I could sit here and tell you we can [bounce back], but we've got start performing on the field, taking our wickets and scoring our runs. I'm confident we can do that."
The squad had their own post-mortem after arriving in Antigua yesterday and Flintoff called it "an honest chat." He added that this was a time for the team to become even closer knit and for players to help each other. "The spirit has been good, but perhaps we need to draw on each other a bit more - help your mates out," he said.
Are Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen mates, after the rumours of falling out over the treatment of Peter Moores? "That's all done and dusted," he said. "We get on fine. We've moved on from everything and are trying to win Test cricket. We've spoke about what happened, the conversation will stay between him and me, and we've moved on."
However, the only way many people are going to believe that there aren't lingering issues is if the pair help England level the series in Antigua.