England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Rain washes out first day

The Report by David Hopps

June 7, 2012

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Tim Bresnan, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott head to the indoor nets, England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 1st day, June 7, 2012
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England's ambitions to inflict a 3-0 whitewash upon West Indies were frustrated by the weather as rain washed out the first day of the third Test at Edgbaston. It was the first time a full day's play in a Test in England had been lost because of bad weather since the third day of the 2009 Ashes clash against Australia, also at Edgbaston.

Rain is forecast on Friday as well, raising the possibility that the opening two days of a Test in England could be abandoned without play for the first time for nearly 50 years, since an Ashes clash at Lord's in 1964.

The toss and team announcements have yet to take place, leaving Stuart Broad to face another uncertain evening as he waits to see if he will be rested alongside his new-ball partner, James Anderson.

If Broad plays, only one of Steven Finn and Graham Onions is certain of a fast-bowling spot. Finn's reputation as one of the world's most-promising young fast bowlers suggests that he is the likelier choice but Graham Onions has been in outstanding county form for Durham and his case could become more persuasive as rain takes chunks out of the game.

For West Indies, Sunil Narine is favoured to replace his fellow spinner Shane Shillingford, who England dealt with comfortably at Trent Bridge, and either Tino Best or Fidel Edwards will partner Ravi Rampaul. Kirk Edwards is expected to lose his top-order batting place after an unproductive tour.

Heavy overnight and early morning rain meant the square was fully covered when the captains should have been tossing up ahead of a scheduled 11am start. There was only a brief spell when the covers were removed before fresh rain arrived. At 3.35pm it was announced that play had been abandoned for the day.

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Posted by AKS286 on (June 10, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

@JG you talk about quality but not ahead of Oz, eng, pak. let me tell you one thing Oz, eng, NZ whatever team is, every team except WI are strong on their home ground. but pak is a stunner its a unpredictable team so leave pak.IN INDIA- praveen kumar is not playable with the new balls, lots of oohhs & ahhs and swings the new bowl and trouble the world class batsmen in just a pace of 121- 128kmph. zaheer khan- left handed or right handed batsmen does't matter claims more lbws and catch (slips) out at a pace of 124-132khph. so which type of quality you expect. only SA bowlers performs in every pitch. mcgrath flops in india and treated very badly but pollock claims more wickets and wickets of Sachin. warne nightmare when he came to india. but boje, symcox if don't claim the wickets but atleast bowl tightly.

Posted by AKS286 on (June 10, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

@JG tell me the name of the team whose bowling is stronger than SA. don't be patriotic, love the game called cricket, appreciate the players it doesn't matter player belongs to my country or any other country. problem with you is the stats. from hundreds of matches you give me the stats of 2-4 exceptional matches. friend never make exception as an example not in sports not in life.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 9, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

@AKS286 on (June 09 2012, 11:02 AM GMT) If these are such a deadly barrage , then why aren't they winning more matches? I know that VP wasn't there when SA played in UAE but Steyn and Morkel were and SA only managed 13 wickets in each game - Steyn taking a combined 6-278 (ave 46.33) and Morkel 223-6 (ave 37) and the big 3 + Tahir could not defend a 300+ total vs Australia. So I take it you mean any pitch except in UAE or that one in SA or any other which they have not won matches on.Don't get me wrong , a quality attack but they're certainly not head and shoulders above Eng or Aus or Pak

Posted by AKS286 on (June 9, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

steyn, morkel, philander, tsotsobe, de lange, only thing is require one good spinner like ajmal, swann then whatever pitch whatever team does't matter. these are the the deadly barrage.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 8, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

@ John Sunder on (June 07 2012, 17:49 PM GMT) - Again - how is anyone to know - even as recently as a month ago , let alone back along when the series began , what the chances would be of rain in Birmingham in June?

Posted by JG2704 on (June 8, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

@IndiaNumeroUno on (June 07 2012, 17:00 PM GMT) The other 2 tests were fine weatherwise - how could you have predicted that the weather would be like this (in early June) back in March/April? What an absolute joke of a comment

Posted by edalray on (June 8, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Looks like even the weather is trying to send a message: That England may no longer be the cricket Mecca of the world - that distinction has been shifting inexorably to India and the IPL. But for England's sake, let's hope for better weather - at least in time for the Olympics.

Posted by jb633 on (June 8, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 , at least the English bowlers look good in some conditions. Indian bowlers are just cannon fodder wherever they are.

Posted by creekeetman on (June 8, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

To those discussing where cricket is played... With reference to europe, i think many of you will be surprised to know that most, yes most european countries play cricket, and there is also a cricket european championship. Cricket is also played on a world wide scale, in fact there are only a few countries that don't actually play cricket.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 8, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Poms would b gd enuff to win ths match in 3.5 days

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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