ANTIGUA: The second Test between England and West Indies was abandoned after just 10 balls because of a dangerous outfield.
Only 45 minutes of action was possible at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground before play was called off with England at 7-0 in their first innings.
The second Test will be recorded as an abandoned match with the game on Sunday to be considered as the third Test of what is now a five-match series. The ARG hosted 21 Tests between 1981 and 2006 before the Sir Vivian Richards Ground replaced it two years ago ahead of the World Cup.
West Indies bowlers constantly struggled to keep their feet on the soft SVRG outfield which had been smothered in layers of sand after heavy rain.
England captain Andrew Strauss, who was on six when play was abandoned, believes the Antigua Recreation Ground would be safer.
In the 2007 World Cup, the game between the West Indies and Australia was played over two days because of rain with ground staff mopping up the outfield by treading down on small squares of sponge.
In 1998, the first Test against England in Kingston was called off after less than an hour's play after both captains agreed that the pitch was unfit for play.
West Indies lead this series 1-0 after they bowled out England for their third-lowest total in Tests of 51 in the second innings at Kingston.
The Antigua Recreation Ground was where Brian Lara made his record-breaking innings of 375 and 400 not out while Gayle smashed 317 there against South Africa in 2005.
The other two Tests in what is now a five-match series take place in Barbados from February 26 to March 2, and in Trinidad from March 2 to 6.