15 Feb 2009

Botham condemns Antigua 'joke'

7:43 am on 15 February 2009

The legendary England cricket all-rounder Sir Ian Botham has denounced the Antigua Test as a 'joke' after the first day's play was abandoned because of a dangerous outfield.

Only 10 balls of the second Test were bowled before action was called off for the day with the West Indies opening bowlers Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor struggling to keep their feet on a field covered in sand.

Botham says he was horrified when he saw the Sir Vivian Richards ground and can't understand why the sand wasn't moved a week ago.

Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding says local cricket authorities are at fault.