England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 5th day June 11, 2012

Damp Test ends with final-day washout

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West Indies 426 (Ramdin 107*, Best 95, Samuels 76, Onions 4-88) drew with England 221 for 5 (Pietersen 78, Bell 76*)
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The Edgbaston Test met a watery end as the final day was washed out, leaving England 2-0 winners against West Indies in the three-Test series.

Umpires Tony Hill and Kumar Dharmasena, who were widely criticised for taking the players off for bad light on Sunday, delayed the abandonment until 3.00pm as persistent rain fell upon Birmingham once more and any prospects of play seemed minimal. England were 221 for 5 in reply to West Indies' 426

Only 187.3 overs were possible in the Test which also lost its first two days to rain, the first time this had happened in a Test in England since 1964.

England and West Indies will now contest three one-day internationals in the NatWest Series as well as a Twenty20 international, starting at West End on Saturday. Further unsettled weather is forecast for the rest of the month.

The West Indies will hope for better luck with the weather in their sole warm-up against Middlesex at Lord's on Wednesday which is set to mark the return of Chris Gayle.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY A_Yorkshire_Lad on | June 13, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    @Valavan well said mate ! Not that it will make much difference though ; as sure as eggs is eggs , the next time England loose , they are the worst team in the world , the next time England win , they are the luckiest team in the world playing weak oppostion - isn't that right , RO ?

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @Randy oz Please check Its West Indies playing who had knack of Pulling out sensational defeat from confirm winning position.From Australian point of veiw stil they are wide distance from claiming the Ashes

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 12, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    fans what about sunil naraine? you all talks about naraine mystery flops. naraine sinks KKR & bravo sinks CSK in the IPL final.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | June 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Apt ending to the snorefest of a series.

  • POSTED BY jaycee71 on | June 12, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    RandyOz, you think that the Windies were going to take 15 wickets for less than 200 on a flat pitch which was only 2 days old? England's "fairy floss" bowling depth saw off Aus for 98 at the MCG not so long ago, remember that?

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | June 12, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    @RandyOz, really when did West indies headed towards innings victory, when did england played 2nd innings and rain spoiled windies chances of winning a test. at most funny you are. Mate wait till Ashes 2013, and yet again it will remain in England atleast until 2016. see you in ashes 2013, so stop howling/crowing/yawning. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 12, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @javed.agrawala, as far as I can remember for the last 30 years its been 3 points for a win in football...As far as im aware both captains could agree to forefit an Innings in order to force a result, BUT with so much depending on the result of a match (because of the statistical nature of the rankings) its just not worth the hassel for at least one team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Even though West Indies are on top in the proceeding of the third test match but we guarnatee the carribean side as they making the habbit of snatching defeat from jaw of Victory

  • POSTED BY moloko on | June 12, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    england are happy for now. SA are coming very soon we are going to beat them and take the top spot in test cricket

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Very lucky for England. West Indies were heading towards an Innings victory. England's famed bowling depth was shown up for the fairy floss it is with Onions, Finn and Swann utterly woeful. Cannot wait until the next Ashes, lucky for South Africa to get a crack at the house of cards first though.

  • POSTED BY A_Yorkshire_Lad on | June 13, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    @Valavan well said mate ! Not that it will make much difference though ; as sure as eggs is eggs , the next time England loose , they are the worst team in the world , the next time England win , they are the luckiest team in the world playing weak oppostion - isn't that right , RO ?

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @Randy oz Please check Its West Indies playing who had knack of Pulling out sensational defeat from confirm winning position.From Australian point of veiw stil they are wide distance from claiming the Ashes

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 12, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    fans what about sunil naraine? you all talks about naraine mystery flops. naraine sinks KKR & bravo sinks CSK in the IPL final.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | June 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Apt ending to the snorefest of a series.

  • POSTED BY jaycee71 on | June 12, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    RandyOz, you think that the Windies were going to take 15 wickets for less than 200 on a flat pitch which was only 2 days old? England's "fairy floss" bowling depth saw off Aus for 98 at the MCG not so long ago, remember that?

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | June 12, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    @RandyOz, really when did West indies headed towards innings victory, when did england played 2nd innings and rain spoiled windies chances of winning a test. at most funny you are. Mate wait till Ashes 2013, and yet again it will remain in England atleast until 2016. see you in ashes 2013, so stop howling/crowing/yawning. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 12, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @javed.agrawala, as far as I can remember for the last 30 years its been 3 points for a win in football...As far as im aware both captains could agree to forefit an Innings in order to force a result, BUT with so much depending on the result of a match (because of the statistical nature of the rankings) its just not worth the hassel for at least one team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Even though West Indies are on top in the proceeding of the third test match but we guarnatee the carribean side as they making the habbit of snatching defeat from jaw of Victory

  • POSTED BY moloko on | June 12, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    england are happy for now. SA are coming very soon we are going to beat them and take the top spot in test cricket

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Very lucky for England. West Indies were heading towards an Innings victory. England's famed bowling depth was shown up for the fairy floss it is with Onions, Finn and Swann utterly woeful. Cannot wait until the next Ashes, lucky for South Africa to get a crack at the house of cards first though.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    where is suleman benn? i think that boy needs to be given a chance

  • POSTED BY Dude.Cricket on | June 12, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    West Indies may not have won the series but played very competitive cricket despite not fielding their best eleven. I am happy for them, guess they are on the rise again and love to see them give other teams a run for their money.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 12, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I would be surprised if England manage to win the ODI series. This WI squad is their strongest ODI team in many years.

  • POSTED BY javed.agrawala on | June 12, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Re Test Cricket: Can I suggest something briefly to the ICC in respect of the following on rule.

    Many games run in to boring draws due to the inability of the team batting first being able to declare accurately ( one might argue that that is the beauty of the captain's acumen in determining what is enough, but I'll come to that in a moment). Just to elucidate you could have a draw with 50 runs to get or a wicket to fall, exiciting as it may be but nothing close to as exiciting as a draw with 10 runs left and a wicket left to take, of course with the opposite team being in, or an outright close result!

    Test cricket needs to move on too without losing its charm as a longer term and connoisseural version that has adapted.5 days or so of play can be revitalized in to a result oriented contest if the team battling first can ask the team batting second to follow-on provided it is in the lead (or some similar criterion).

    Football has changed with three points from two for a win now.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | June 12, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    For both Narine and Bairstow the jury is still out. Narine is the victim of some quite absurd pre-match hype - the guy's only played half a dozen matches and any bowler is a 'mystery' until class batsmen get a good look at him. Bairstow wouldn't have been my choice (who remembers Carberry?) but he deserves an extended run to see if he's got the class it takes for Test cricket - fortunately, England are strong enough to allow that (and even more fortunately the days of the 'revolving door' selection policy which demoralised England in the Bad Old Days seems to have been discarded).

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 12, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @VivGilchrist, technically we're still in spring, summer doesnt officially start for another 20 odd days. As for the weather, well this is part of being located on the eastern side of the atlantic, and its not as if we have any control over the weather or what it does. I just hope that the SA series is not affected by the weather, and this is just the storm before the calm.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 12, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @rsgarcia, actually it was the West Indian and others that were talking him up, telling us how he would bamboozel the English batsmen, and run through the middle and lower order with his "mystery spin". Sadly I saw nothing special about him, to warrent the hype that was been spun by some WI's fans. People forget the point of the spinner is two fold, in the first couple of days its to contain, and take the occasional wicket, and on days 3-5 take wicket, Narine did everything but contain the batting. It will be interesting to see if the WI's persist with him.

  • POSTED BY funkybluesman on | June 12, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    I'm in agreement with rsgarcia, a little too early to be hammering narine. Even putting aside the fact that they were playing in wet conditions on a pitch that wouldn't suit spin at all, there are so many great players who took a little while to find their feet at test level to demonstrate that anyone writing off Narine already is basically someone with little to no knowledge of cricket.

    He also took no wickets in his first class debut apparently and yet averages 13 with the ball with 5 5wi and 2 10wm already in just 7 matches. That's pretty phenomenal. It took Warne 12 months at test level to properly find his feet, so there is plenty of time for Narine to make a number of people here eat their words!

  • POSTED BY funkybluesman on | June 12, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Our last summer in Australia was horrible and wet also. Playing our local comp we only got cricket on 2 saturdays after Christmas (ie the entire second half of the season). (Amazingly they managed to get most of the international cricket on with only minimal interruptions. It's amazing the drainage on those grounds that they can take so much water and when any break in the rain comes the can be playing in next to no time). So we can't really say much about the English summer weather. (Well, for rainfall anyway. The fact that it's been colder over there in the current summer than it is currently in Sydney this winter is mildly amusing!)

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 12, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    @rsgarcia on (June 12 2012, 03:21 AM GMT), now that I look again, I see the comment from Raiyan24r on (June 11 2012, 16:31 PM GMT), but that is the only one. I'm not sure if you misinterpreted my comments but I was not having a go at Narine. I was merely saying that his potential impact on this game had been exaggerated because the style of play and the conditions would not be nearly as conducive as anything he'd experienced up to now.

  • POSTED BY rsgarcia on | June 12, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Why am I not surprised to see a bunch of people crowing over Narine, as if a few overs on a pitch that had seen no wear over two days and tons of moisture would ever yield runs for any spinner? As if he didn't cause endless worries for Australia in One Days as well as have a great track record in T20s. The natural progression is tests. How about we give him some time to find his way instead of rush to criticize him because a bunch of talkative Englishmen hyped him up? I saw nothing in his bowling to warrant all this negativity. Talk to me when he's had few Tests that played for more than a few hours.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 12, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Well, I guess this is what you get when you schedule cricket in England in June .... what? This us your summer time? Ha!

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | June 11, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Well played WI but in truth Eng were always going to be too good in home conditions. Next up SA, one of the most exciting series in prospect for a long while. In the red corner Eng fans in the Green everyone else.....I love being English. As for rotaion we could easily rest some players against the weaker teams like IND/AUS

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 11, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    @maximum6 Quite right. unfortunately the significance is slightly lost these days with the decline of the windies. The weather so far this season, except for one hot week, has been horrendous. Hope it gets better for the SA series and the second half on the county championship season.

  • POSTED BY richardror on | June 11, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    At least the IPL followers realise now that Narine is hopeless when it comes to proper cricket (tests).

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    No wonder most of the World don't like Cricket especially Test Cricket and Narine is no longer a 'mystery' :)

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 11, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    At the end of the day it is good to see an England captain holding the Wisden trophy. Long may it continue!! The younger fans may not grasp the significance of this trophy but it is really not much less than the Ashes, not much at all!!

  • POSTED BY sj313 on | June 11, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Ramdin played a wonderful knock..... What is shameful was " Sir Viv " saying it was a lost cause.......

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | June 11, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    wettest drought we have ever had in this country

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | June 11, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    England dominant throughout out yet again in a home series, save from some 20/20 fireworks in a dead rubber. Having confined so many teams to the dustbin in the last three years, cricket lovers around the world will watch with delight the forthcoming series between the world's top two teams.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | June 11, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    WI team did very well compared to other white-washed-by-Engnad team. May be IND could learn from WI how to make more than 220 run in a Test inning, and prevent a white wash. Congratulation to ENG for winning the series.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | June 11, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    England like Pakistan will need to look for a HOME to play its international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Forecast for the next 15 days is very poor. If I was WI I'd pack up and go home now, doubt another ball will be bowled internationally in June. My local league has had the worst cancellation record for April May and June in it's 85 year history and it's the same story everywhere. Must be this "drought" the environment agency spent the whole of March telling us about. The only "drought" I see is a shortage of cricketing opportuinities this summer due to nationwide flooding for months on end.

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | June 11, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    where is narine(0-70) in the 'real' cricket.ha

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    yeah, very well, pitches and weather conspiring very congruently towards an English 'grey wash'

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 11, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    England looked like they hadn't really lost anything on the first day but they were definitely lacking direction, both literally and figuratively, on the second. If there's one area where England could still improve quite a bit it's in their imagination. They're still a bit stodgy and both the bowling and captaincy could have been better. With a single bowling spot likely to be up for grabs come the SA series, none of Bresnan, Finn or Onions did themselves any favours on that second day. I don't think we saw anything to suggest that Bresnan won't retain his spot. As for batting, disappointing from the top 3 here but you couldn't say any of them are out of form. Good to see KP continuing to score freely and nice to see Bell continue his resurgence, particularly against mystery spin. Narine is not Ajmal and this is not UAE though. Sterner tests await. Bairstow is obviously the main concern. Less trouble with the short ball but still not a lot of runs. Will we see Bopara back for SA?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 11, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Again encouraging signs for WI but still plenty to worry about. Samuels was the revelation in this series and it was also good to see Ramdin play a decent innings but still big issues at the top of the order with Barath, Powell, Bravo and Edwards all out of touch. They wound up with a decent score here but you can't rely on your #11 to bail you out too often. The bowling might be looking a bit healthier with Roach world-class and Rampaul right up there too. Gabriel didn't look too bad but you wonder whether Edwards can come back strong. Narine didn't make an impact here but was never really likely to. England is never the happiest hunting ground for spinners so he'll have better days.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 11, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    It's a shame that the series went out with such a whimper and I feel bad for WI given that they've lost so much cricket this tour due to the weather. Had the two days we did see here been days 1 and 2 and we were able to get three more days in then we could have been in for a fascinating finish. WI had managed to get themselves into a string position again, but they had given those away before. England had definitely taken their foot of the accelerator and were guilty of taking this last game a bit too lightly but they still had batting to come and were capable of drawing level and even taking a lead still. If they could bowl again as they did during the first day's play and then Narine got to bowl on a day 5 pitch it could have been very interesting.

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  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 11, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    It's a shame that the series went out with such a whimper and I feel bad for WI given that they've lost so much cricket this tour due to the weather. Had the two days we did see here been days 1 and 2 and we were able to get three more days in then we could have been in for a fascinating finish. WI had managed to get themselves into a string position again, but they had given those away before. England had definitely taken their foot of the accelerator and were guilty of taking this last game a bit too lightly but they still had batting to come and were capable of drawing level and even taking a lead still. If they could bowl again as they did during the first day's play and then Narine got to bowl on a day 5 pitch it could have been very interesting.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 11, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Again encouraging signs for WI but still plenty to worry about. Samuels was the revelation in this series and it was also good to see Ramdin play a decent innings but still big issues at the top of the order with Barath, Powell, Bravo and Edwards all out of touch. They wound up with a decent score here but you can't rely on your #11 to bail you out too often. The bowling might be looking a bit healthier with Roach world-class and Rampaul right up there too. Gabriel didn't look too bad but you wonder whether Edwards can come back strong. Narine didn't make an impact here but was never really likely to. England is never the happiest hunting ground for spinners so he'll have better days.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 11, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    England looked like they hadn't really lost anything on the first day but they were definitely lacking direction, both literally and figuratively, on the second. If there's one area where England could still improve quite a bit it's in their imagination. They're still a bit stodgy and both the bowling and captaincy could have been better. With a single bowling spot likely to be up for grabs come the SA series, none of Bresnan, Finn or Onions did themselves any favours on that second day. I don't think we saw anything to suggest that Bresnan won't retain his spot. As for batting, disappointing from the top 3 here but you couldn't say any of them are out of form. Good to see KP continuing to score freely and nice to see Bell continue his resurgence, particularly against mystery spin. Narine is not Ajmal and this is not UAE though. Sterner tests await. Bairstow is obviously the main concern. Less trouble with the short ball but still not a lot of runs. Will we see Bopara back for SA?

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    yeah, very well, pitches and weather conspiring very congruently towards an English 'grey wash'

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | June 11, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    where is narine(0-70) in the 'real' cricket.ha

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Forecast for the next 15 days is very poor. If I was WI I'd pack up and go home now, doubt another ball will be bowled internationally in June. My local league has had the worst cancellation record for April May and June in it's 85 year history and it's the same story everywhere. Must be this "drought" the environment agency spent the whole of March telling us about. The only "drought" I see is a shortage of cricketing opportuinities this summer due to nationwide flooding for months on end.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | June 11, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    England like Pakistan will need to look for a HOME to play its international cricket.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | June 11, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    WI team did very well compared to other white-washed-by-Engnad team. May be IND could learn from WI how to make more than 220 run in a Test inning, and prevent a white wash. Congratulation to ENG for winning the series.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | June 11, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    England dominant throughout out yet again in a home series, save from some 20/20 fireworks in a dead rubber. Having confined so many teams to the dustbin in the last three years, cricket lovers around the world will watch with delight the forthcoming series between the world's top two teams.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | June 11, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    wettest drought we have ever had in this country