The second ODI between England and West Indies was called off after only 2.2 overs of play © Getty Images
The second ODI between England and West Indies was called off after only 2.2 overs of play © Getty Images

England versus West Indies second ODI, at Trent Bridge, has been abandoned due to persistent rains. Only 11 minutes of play was possible at Nottingham before rain saw the umpires take the players off the field with England 21 for no loss after 2.2 overs. West Indies opted to bowl in a bid to level the series after losing the opener by 7 wickets (DLS method). Jonny Bairstow was unbeaten on 9 and Alex Hales was batting at 10 at the time of rain interruption. The rain did not relent thereafter; forcing a wash out. As a result, England remain 1-0 up in a five-match series that continues in Bristol on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Chris Gayle was dropped from the playing XI on his birthday. The universe boss, Gayle, turned 38 today but had to miss the encounter due to hamstring. Visitors also brought in Miguel Cummins for Devendra Bishoo after the hammering received at Old Trafford, Manchester.

West Indies have already lost the opportunity of entering World Cup 2019 through direct qualification. Ranked No. 9, they needed to win the series either by 4-0 or 5-0 margin. Nonetheless, defeat in the first ODI resulted in the Caribbean side entering the qualifying round of World Cup 2019 along with other low-ranked sides. However, their main focus will be to stage a comeback in the third ODI.