England's third NatWest one-day international against West Indies has been delayed following persistent rain this morning at Headingley.

Play was due to begin at 10.45am but the covers remained across the whole square with little sign of the gloomy conditions, which also engulfed the ground yesterday, shifting.

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Richard Illingworth are yet to announce when they would make their first inspection of the playing surface, which is already covered in puddles, with a shortened match looking likely.

England have already wrapped up the three-match series 2-0 and have rested key names Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan for the match.

Should play get under way, with a cut-off time of 4.30pm for a 20-over game, Jade Dernbach could be set for an emotional recall less than a week after his Surrey team-mate Tom Maynard was killed after he was hit by a tube train in south-west London.

Dernbach was withdrawn from the second ODI at the Oval on Tuesday following the news of his close friend's death, but returned to training with the squad yesterday.