England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 1st day June 7, 2012

Rain washes out first day

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England v West Indies play abandoned
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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.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 8, 2012, 11:47 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 8, 2012, 11:47 GMT

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

  • on June 8, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @Point2Cover... lol But there are only 10 countries that have full International status and the remaining 200 don't big difference so that argument of yours is worthless plus unlike other team sports such as Football and Rugby that spread the game, Cricket has to be stopped simply because of rain. No wonder Test Cricket is boring :)

  • Min2_cric on June 8, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    i wanna c both narines play.....:/

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 8, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Rainy days mundane, oh how the grey remains...

    Hopefully, we'll get some cricket in before the fish arrive.

  • on June 8, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @John Sunder that would mean never playing cricket in England! It's supposed to be summer time now! There is no 'rainy/monsoon' season here. It can (and frequently does!) rain any time. @Point2cover I'm not sure about that. How many European countries play/like cricket? Only the Dutch really!

  • YorkshirePudding on June 8, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno, the British weather is at best fickle, and often influenced by events in the Atlantic, as an Example, over the winter it was exceptionally dry and warm for england, and now we're paying the price for it, with a lot of rain, even moving the tests forward by 1 week there would be no guarantee that they could have been played as this weather system looks set for at least one week. On the plus side it looks like a summer water shortage in the SE has been avoided.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on June 8, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Why don't they just play a 20-20 instead? they might be able to sneak in the match in between showers over the 5 days (if lucky)... and there might actually be some ticket sales as well :)

  • jmcilhinney on June 8, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (June 08 2012, 05:09 AM GMT), if you thought that Broad et al looked rubbish in UAE and SL over the last winter then you weren't watching properly. The batting was indeed rubbish for the entire UAE Test series but the bowling was good throughout the entire winter.

  • rahulcricket007 on June 8, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @FRONT FOOT LONGUE . I WOULD SAY THAT THESE CONDITIONS ARE HELPFUL FOR ENGLAND BOWLERS ESPECIALLY THE LIKES OF BRESNAN , BROAD WHO LOOKS SO GOOD IN ENGLISH CONDITIONS WHILE LOOKS RUBBISH IN ASIA .

  • Silly_Me_Don on June 8, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    The way England is playing lately, three and a half days may be enough to force a win against WI.

  • on June 8, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    They should move the match to Wimbledon Center Court - it has a retractable roof, and the pitch would be tiny, thereby guaranteeing lots and lots of sixes. Cricket fans can try the strawberries and cream, too!

  • jmcilhinney on June 8, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    @tracka on (June 08 2012, 00:26 AM GMT), England had to narrow down their squad to 12 ahead of time so that those not selected could play for their counties if appropriate. WI have no such requirements, so the squad is their whole touring team until they announce an XI. There's no point announcing an XI earlier than required because there is always the slim possibility that an injury will occur, e.g. Broad's twisted ankle recently. As for the weather, the forecast I've seen suggests that day 2 will likely be a total washout too, so I think the chances of a result in this game are very slim indeed. Anderson will be glad he was rested and didn't have to hang around waiting and wondering.

  • Point2Cover on June 8, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - Correction, most of the world LIKES cricket! Only a handful of countries in the Americas don't like it.

  • tracka on June 8, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    England named thier squad 12 players but not the West Indies wonder why is it a big top secret ormay be they are afraid that MI 5 will INVESTIGATE THEM. We will like to know who is playing and who is not . ?

  • on June 7, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    ENGLAND--WHY NOT START THE TOUR WITH ODIs T20 FOLLOW BY THE 3 TEST IN THAT WAY YOU CAN HAVE A RESERVED DAY FOR EACH ODIs AND T20......HA I AM A GENEIOUS

  • Munkeymomo on June 7, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno: for the record it was beautiful sunshine in Cardiff yesterday and in many other places, today, torrential rain. Trying to predict the weather in England is like trying to predict what Charlie Sheen was really trying to say.

  • on June 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    I am yet to come to grips as to why cricket matches are planned at times when there is more than 50% chances of rain. My heart has bled many times in the past, but recently (kast 5 years), the Indian controllers have avoided that time as they will be the losers (more) not fans like me.

  • yorkshirematt on June 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    @indianumerouno The weather is so unpredictable in England that whenever they choose to hold a match there is always the chance of the weather spoiling things. It's not as simple as it always raining in May/June and dryer in July August. If you think back to the second test last week it was nearly 30 degress and not a cloud in the sky for the whole match.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on June 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Here we go again... so why is ECB so reluctant to move its cricket calendar by one week? What's the point of staging cricket matches in Apr-June in England?!!

    What a waste of time and money!

  • AKS286 on June 7, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    hmmmm 20% of a chance to draw a test match against ENG.

  • on June 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    No wonder most of the world dislikes Cricket :)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 7, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    England have often had to fight against the weather to force victory in test matches, especially in their last three dominant years on their rise to world number 1. Looks like they're going to just have to do it again. That forecast doesn't look promising though.

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  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 7, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    England have often had to fight against the weather to force victory in test matches, especially in their last three dominant years on their rise to world number 1. Looks like they're going to just have to do it again. That forecast doesn't look promising though.

  • on June 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    No wonder most of the world dislikes Cricket :)

  • AKS286 on June 7, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    hmmmm 20% of a chance to draw a test match against ENG.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on June 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Here we go again... so why is ECB so reluctant to move its cricket calendar by one week? What's the point of staging cricket matches in Apr-June in England?!!

    What a waste of time and money!

  • yorkshirematt on June 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    @indianumerouno The weather is so unpredictable in England that whenever they choose to hold a match there is always the chance of the weather spoiling things. It's not as simple as it always raining in May/June and dryer in July August. If you think back to the second test last week it was nearly 30 degress and not a cloud in the sky for the whole match.

  • on June 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    I am yet to come to grips as to why cricket matches are planned at times when there is more than 50% chances of rain. My heart has bled many times in the past, but recently (kast 5 years), the Indian controllers have avoided that time as they will be the losers (more) not fans like me.

  • Munkeymomo on June 7, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno: for the record it was beautiful sunshine in Cardiff yesterday and in many other places, today, torrential rain. Trying to predict the weather in England is like trying to predict what Charlie Sheen was really trying to say.

  • on June 7, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    ENGLAND--WHY NOT START THE TOUR WITH ODIs T20 FOLLOW BY THE 3 TEST IN THAT WAY YOU CAN HAVE A RESERVED DAY FOR EACH ODIs AND T20......HA I AM A GENEIOUS

  • tracka on June 8, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    England named thier squad 12 players but not the West Indies wonder why is it a big top secret ormay be they are afraid that MI 5 will INVESTIGATE THEM. We will like to know who is playing and who is not . ?

  • Point2Cover on June 8, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - Correction, most of the world LIKES cricket! Only a handful of countries in the Americas don't like it.