After months of waiting it was sod’s law that we were always going to get the sort of truly on off, on off day of Test cricket that seems almost unique to this country.

It was all set to be a new look and historic Test – no crowd, no Barmy Army, no handshake at the toss, no saliva on the ball – but in the end we were treated to a frustrating, rain hampered day that almost made it feel like Test cricket had never been away.

We eventually got the toss at around 1.30 pm, with Ben Stokes winning his first as England captain and electing to bat first.

The exclusion of Stuart Broad, England’s second-highest wicket-taker in Tests, was the big team news with the Three Lions opting for James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, and Dom Bess as their four bowlers.

Elsewhere they opted for Joe Denly at three and Zak Crawley at four with usual skipper Joe Root absent to be at the birth of his second child.

Both sides provided a statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement before the first ball of the day, taking a knee in what was a significant gesture.

There was no Barmy Army presence inside the stadium but we certainly weren’t going to rob England fans around the world the chance to sing Jerusalem and our new trumpeter, making a behind-closed-doors debut, blasted out a singalong rendition live on Facebook after the first ball of the day – as is, of course, tradition.

Dom Sibley and Rory Burns were reunited after being split by the latter’s injury during the South Africa series earlier this year but they weren’t back together for long before Sibbers was removed for a duck, Shannon Gabriel getting one to jag back and clip the top of off stump.

Burns and number three Joe Denly weathered an early storm from the West Indies rapid pace attack and began to play some shots – though play was halted regularly due to rain.

The England duo did well to deal with not only the opposition bowlers but also the regular stoppages in play and helped move the score onto 35-1 from 17.4 overs before play was halted due to bad light.

The game is very much in the balance after day one, which has seemed more a teaser for Test cricket than anything else.

England will feel confident they can build on the base that Burns and Denly have begun to assemble and allow that middle-order to take control of the game – as it so often did in South Africa.

Here’s hoping that the rain holds off tomorrow and we can get a full day’s play in!

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