Stuart Broad and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were both left out of the action as the third Investec Test was finally set to get under way at Edgbaston on Saturday morning.
After two successive washouts, day three dawned fine - and play was due to start on time at 11am.
Broad, however, would not be involved after England decided to rest him from a match in which - now only three days long - it will be difficult to push for the victory required for a 3-0 whitewash of the West Indies.
His absence, along with that of his fellow first-choice pace bowler James Anderson - excluded even from the initial 12-man squad here - spelled returns for both Graham Onions and Steven Finn.
Onions has not played international cricket since January 2010, thanks to a back injury which threatened to end his career.
Finn, as understudy to Broad, Anderson and Tim Bresnan, has also had to be patient for his chance.
Narsingh Deonarine came into the West Indies team alongside, as expected, debutant mystery spinner Sunil Narine - with Tino Best returning as replacement for injured fast bowler Kemar Roach and room for Assad Fudadin to also play his first Test after Kirk Edwards was dropped.
England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bowl first, under still cloudy skies after two days of persistent rain.
England team to face West Indies: AJ Strauss (capt), AN Cook, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, IR Bell, JM Bairstow, MJ Prior (wkt), TT Bresnan, GP Swann, ST Finn, G Onions.
West Indies team to face England: AB Barath, KOA Powell, AB Fudadin, DM Bravo, N Deonarine, MN Samuels, D Ramdin (wkt), DJG Sammy (capt), TL Best, R Rampaul, SP Narine.