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England in WI 1998: The Test that never was
England's Alec Stewart is treated by physio Wayne Morton (left) after being struck by a delivery which rises off the treacherous Sabina Park pitch (top right), which leads captains Mike Atherton and Brian Lara, umpires Steve Bucknor and Srinivas Venkataraghavan and the match referee to discuss whether the game should continue

England, still led by Mike Atherton, won the toss and batted first in the first Test of the 1998 tour in Jamaica against a West Indies side now led by Brian Lara.

However, the brevity of England's innings - and indeed the match - was not caused by a collapse like in Trinidad in 1994.

After England's batsmen had been hit seven times in the first 10 overs of play by some unpredictably bouncing deliveries, necessitating several visits from physio Wayne Morton, play was halted with the score 17-3 while the treacherous Sabina Park pitch was examined.

Then, after an hour and a half of discussions, involving the captains, umpires and match referee, the game was officially abandoned as a draw - the only time in history that a Test match has been called off because of an unsuitable pitch.

BBC News report: First Test abandoned

An additional Test was hastily added to the schedule, to be played in Trinidad - making it a six-Test series.

see also
England in West Indies 2009
29 Dec 08 |  England

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