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

Damp Test ends with final-day washout

The Report by David Hopps

June 11, 2012

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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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It was another damp scene on the final morning at Edgbaston, England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 5th day, June 11, 2012
There had never been any prospect of play on the final day © Getty Images
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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.

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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.

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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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