England to return to 10-ball Test venue next April

England's last Test at the Sir Vivian Richard's Stadium was abandoned after only 10 balls

England’s last Test at the Sir Vivian Richard’s Stadium was abandoned after only 10 balls

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

England will return to Antigua, which was the scene of the 10-ball Test, when they tour the West Indies in April next year.

In 2009, a Test match between England and the West Indies was abandoned after only 10 balls since the sandy outfield was deemed a safety risk to the players.

A replacement match at the Antigua Recreation Ground was quickly arranged and ended with the West Indies managing to save the Test with only one wicket in hand.

The second Test will be played at Grenada, which has not hosted a Test match since 2009, while the final Test will be held in Barbados.

“We know the venues will prove extremely popular with the thousands of cricket lovers who follow England to the Caribbean,” England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Paul Downton said. “It will also be exciting for many to visit the new venue of Grenada for the first time.”

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