The Wisden Trophy - 3rd Test

England v West Indies

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

The players are out there, here come West Indies' openers. Cricket, we have cricket! Graham Onions, on his England return, will get the first over. Quite a moment for a player whose career nearly ended due to injury...

10.55am Here's Mark Kidger: "It would be quite a result if England, playing a reserve attack, would beat even a Chanderpaul-less West Indies in three days. Odds have to be against it unless they make an extraordinary start."

10.50am We are 10 minutes away from a game that should have started two days ago. However, plenty of Tests finish in three days so still time for a result here. But we do need decent weather to hold.

10.45am To give you an idea of how wet it has been more than 80mm of rain has fallen at Edgbaston in the last 60 hours.

Meanwhile, some ticket information from Warwickshire. "Everyone who buys a ticket from today or already had purchased a ticket for Day four will receive a complimentary ticket for Day five."

If you want to know a little more about Assad Fudadin, here are his statistics. A left-hand batsman and right-arm medium pacer.

10.40am Andrew Strauss had a little grin when he won the toss. His bowlers should enjoy a pitch that has been undercover for two days. Will be a good test of England's depth of fast bowling. It also means we'll have to wait a while for our first look at Sunil Narine in Test cricket.

"Bresnan needs to go out & do something extra ordinary, in order to maintain his test match winning streak. #nochanderpaul," says Yaseer. Maybe he should have asked for a rest?

10.30am England win the toss and bowl. Confirmation that Steven Finn and Graham Onions both play; Strauss says Onions for Anderson, Finn for Broad. So that suggests Finn wasn't playing until this morning. For Onions it's his first Test since January 2010 in Cape Town. Big day for him.

England 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Graham Onions

Darren Sammy confirms, unsurprisingly, that West Indies would have bowled too. They have made four changes; debuts for Fudadin and Narine, plus Tino Best and Narsingh Deonarine are back. As we reported two days ago, Shivnarine Chanderpaul is injured. Sounds like a stomach muscle problem.

West Indies 1 Adrian Barath, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Assad Fudadin, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Narsingh Deonarine, 6 Marlon Samuels, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Tino Best, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Sunil Narine

10.25am Couple of you asking why play isn't starting early. Just the way it works in this country, the time is added on later in the day. There are 98 overs scheduled for the next three days weather permitting although the cut-off time each day is 7pm.

10.15am As the rain fell yesterday, George Dobell worked on this very interesting story. Strong stuff from Tim May. We hope to get reaction from the BCB later. Back closer Edgbaston, Mark Nicholas took a look at the Kevin Pietersen situation.

10.10am Hello everyone, Andrew McGlashan and I bring you good news. This Test will finally get underway today, at 11am, with the weather having cleared in Birmingham and the groundstaff, who haven't been home in three days, having done an outstanding job in getting the ground ready.

The word we are getting from the ground is that Sunil Narine and Assad Fudadin have been handed their caps by Michael Holding and that Shivnarine Chanderpaul hasn't been spotted at the warm-ups. Meanwhile, the suggestion is that Stuart Broad won't play having been seen in long discussions with Andy Flower. All will be known in 15 minutes at the toss. _________________________________________________________

1.50pm Play has been abandoned for the day. This is the first time since 1964 that the first two days of an England home Test have been washed out. These days we can make up time when play does start, but although the forecast is better for tomorrow later in the weekend is dodgy again. On that note I'll sign off for the day. We'll be back tomorrow to try again. Fingers crossed everyone. Bye.

1.45pm Just to confirm in case anyone wasn't aware, it's still wet Edgbaston. The umpires popped their heads out a moment and then quickly went back inside.

"No point whatsoever in playing Broad. a 3 day test if that, weather permitting," says Tom Bennett. "Perfect opportunity to give Finn & Onions some international overs under their belt this year as they may be needed against SA pending injuries."

1.40pm Interesting news from Mark Kidger. "For Chris Tremlett watchers, there is the news that he is playing for Surrey 2nds today and has just taken an early wicket, albeit to a poor shot to short cover. He's on his way back, but not sure that England would risk him for a tour now."

1.30pm "So what you think, if this test match is a maximum of three days when it does finally start will mean for Broad?" asks Mark. "Will he play because he would only have one innings to bowl in so won't take much out of the tank, or not play because it will be a draw anyway and Finn could be given chance without penalty?" I've a sneaky feeling he may sit out as well, but I have no evidence to support that.

1.00pm Hi again folks. Not much to add I'm afraid, except that Matthew Hoggard has just taken a hat-trick in Barbados. Back in 2012 it's very un-Barbados weather. We might get an early call-off today.

"Has there ever been a time when a game has been abandoned because it was too hot?" asks Shiv. Not that I can think of, but the Pakistan-Australia Tests in Sharjah in 2002 will have come very close. the Australia fast bowlers operated in one-over spells.

12.25pm George Dobell informs us they've brought in an extra Blotter to help with the mopping up. Could be a forlorn effort I feel. It's so wet. With no sign of play soon I'm going to take a break, but will be back in half an hour or so with another update.

12.15pm Kevin Pietersen has been busy signing autographs for fans which is good to see.

12.10pm "Has Alan gone off for the wedding yet?" asks James. "Hope the stag do isn't at Edgbaston (unless it's with the Surrey Cryptics)." He has indeed left for the big day. The stag do was a few weeks ago and survived amazingly unscathed (unless anyone out there has reports to the contrary which he has hidden from us).

Hugh, a big Ireland supporter, has this question. "Is there ever any prospect of touring Test teams playing a warm-up first class match against Ireland, rather than a county? Or would the counties be in uproar about that? Would be a huge help for Ireland to play some real FC teams." Well, funny you should ask. I understand that Ireland are hoping to host some warm-up matches before the Champions Trophy next year if they get ICC approval.

11.55am Alan Harrison: "KP and Nick Knight together in the same dressing room .. Smashing idea, Rahul. How about bringing in Boycott, Imran Khan and Ian Chappell to keep Botham company as well?"

On the theme of Tests badly impacted by weather, spare a thought for Jack MacBryan in 1924 who didn't bat or bowl in his only Test.

11.50am Here's Hugh again. "@Gnasher: No, he won't be tossed aside, but I have to continue trying to lean every commentary to talk about Ireland....also, Boyd Rankin? Please don't give him a cap, you really don't need him." It's why it's so important Ireland get a first-class structure. I really hope it works for them, but think it will pass by the Rankin generation.

I'm not saying we won't get any play in this Test - the forecast tomorrow is better - but it isn't only rain that has caused problems in years gone by. This Test, in Faisalabad, didn't get a ball bowled due to fog.

Going back to the 11.35 post from Richard's email, our managing editor Martin Williamson can confirm the story and adds: "I can verify the story told by Richard Seeckts of the 1992 washout at Lord's. I was one of those passengers and it was the annual Surrey Cryptics day out. It is not unusual for those present to see little cricket regardless of the weather."

11.40am Rahul has a different take on the England one-day team: "Only this Englad ODI Xi can do well - Trescothick, Knight, KP, Gatting(c),Stewart(wk), Botham, Fairbrother, Flintoff, Broad, Swann, Gough."

Hugh is off: "@Edward Green: Perfect. Another good Irish batsman is stolen away from a team that desperately needs him, gets his cap so he can't return for years, and then gets tossed aside? I swear, if you come after George Dockrell, I will come after you." Not sure anyone 'stole' Morgan. And don't think he'll be tossed aside.

Pete Sadler asks: "I wonder if they'll try Compton opening in the ODI's. He scored a bucket load of runs in the Championship and 141 @ 47 in the CB40. Having said that Carberry has scored over 400 runs @ 147 in the CB40 so maybe he'll get a shot."

11.35am Richard Seeckts has a great story. "Mention of the 1992 Test with two balls bowled in the day reminds me that my friend Peter was designated driver of a car full of accomplished drinkers from London that day. Poor bloke stayed on the soft drinks all day while his passengers got lashed, but foolishly answered a call of nature as play was about to start. He missed the two balls bowled, watched his mates drink a load more and drove them back to London."

Edward Green on the ODI team: "Please not Morgan - never again. Taylor, Hamilton-Brown, Carberry or any of a dozen other English batsmen who combine technique with heavy runs not an over-favoured Irishman." Hmmm...Morgan has been key to England's one-day success. One bad series in UAE and that's it?

Keith Revill has a thought: "If today is also a washout, why don't England go for five bowlers? There seems little chance of getting twenty wickets in three days without an extra strike bowler. Then you could have both Finn and Onions come into the team and have a look at them both together. I'm sure one of the batsmen wouldn't mind stepping down for one match!"

11.25am Mubarak is very confident in his England team. "The ODI Team should... WILL be the following - Cook, Kieswetter, Trott, Morgan, Bairstow, Patel, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Finn, Dernbach. Plenty of bowling, plenty of batting. 2 spinners, a mystery seamer, 3 other world class seamers. Unbeatable!"

Sean goes back to an (in)famous occasion. "Of course, one of the most notorious cases of a shortened match was this one twelve years ago when Hansie Cronje and Nasser Hussein each forfeited an innings." Apt timing, as we've just gone past the 10th anniversary of Cronje's death.

Dan, meanwhile, looks in more detail at Bell v Bopara. "The irony in contrasting Bell and Boapara's recent one day records is one only Chris and Alanis Morrissette will appreciate. In his last ten games Bell has made just over 200 runs at around 23 with one fifty, Bopara 350 + at 40 with three fifties."

11.15am I have few words to add about this picture.

A couple more teams, this time from Simon: "ODIs: Cook*, Wright, Trott, Bell/Bopara, Morgan, Bairstow+, Patel, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson. T20Is: Kieswetter+, Wright, Bopara, Morgan, Bairstow, Buttler, Patel, Bresnan, Broad*, Swann, Dernbach/Meaker/Anderson/Woakes." So no Finn in either team?

"Are England being saved by the rain from being humiliated at the hands of Sunil Narine?!," asks Kalp from India.

11.10am There isn't much play in the County Championship, either, but when there is you can follow it at the Live Blog.

A few thoughts from John. "@James, I've said for a while that I think Bell could open in ODIs, although I'm guessing that they'll go back to Kieswetter. What does everyone think of this XI: Cook, Kieswetter, Trott, Bairstow, Buttler, Stokes, Patel/Woakes, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Finn? Plenty of batting and plenty of bowling. Are Bairstow, Buttler, Stokes and Woakes up to it? I doubt they'd leave out Dernbach after a good showing in UAE though."

While Chris has this: "Is there not a distinct irony in people demanding Bell isn't picked on the basis of his supposedly consistent failure in the ODI format and yet pick Ravi Bopara in their team?"

Ian Jeffroy has been looking at the England side of 1992: "I've just taken a look at that England side from 1992. Is it a candidate for the longest batting lineup in living memory? I suspect Botham wasn't originally down at number 10, but at least 9 first-class centuries for each player, and PAJ DeFreitas with the lowest FC batting average at nearly 23. England lost the series." Wasim and Waqar were still too good (with some help from Mushtaq).

11.00am Alan Harrison. "In response to Chris: I am reminded of the Edgbaston test almost exactly 20 years ago with Pakistan (1992). The first day was rained off, and there was a big scandal when only 2 balls were possible on the second day since under the then conditions those 2 balls meant that authorities didn't have to refund spectators' entry fees. Two and a half days' play were then possible: although there was little prospect of a result, it was long enough for Alec Stewart to get his highest test score, and Mark Ramprakash to get out for a duck." This is the Test

Nick has another possible one-day XI: "I'd go for Davies, Cook, Trott, Bopara, Taylor, Bairstow, Patel or Stokes, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Finn. Bring in some new blood for this ODI series and don't bring back the likes of Bell again"

10.50am "Here's a theoretical question for you," says Chris. "If we get a washout today, and it seems only Saturday and maybe Sunday can hold play, is there scope for the captains to change it to an 'unnoficial' one-day match or 100 over a side match. Seems a little poitless watching one team bat for a day before announcing a draw? Has it happenned before?"

Well, that is basically how the first ODI came about in 1971. When the first three days of the third Test at the MCG were washed out officials decided to abandon the match and play a one-off one day game consisting of 40 eight-ball overs per side. Australia won the game by 5 wickets. Also on England's 1989-90 tour of West Indies that the Guyana Test was washed out an an ODI played on the scheduled final day. It should be added, though, that in those days it was simpler to slot in a one-dayer because they didn't use white balls, coloured clothes and black sightscreens.

Back to the one-day squad. "Seem to be a lot of calls for Bell to play in ODI's. Why?" asks James. "His record is abysmal. If he plays (big if), it has to be opening. Then you need aggressive middle order players (Buttler, Taylor), and an all rounder (possibly Wright). England have to start looking to the 2015 World Cup, and give their likely team some experience."

"Just to report that the weather is warm and overcast," says Colin, just to tease us, before adding. "Since I'm in the Ivory Coast, not sure what use this is."

10.40am A number of England players haven't even come to the ground yet, although Alastair Cook was spotted going for a net. There needs to be two-three hours without any rain before there's a chance of cricket. That seems unlikely.

"This is my 20th try to put my comment on Cricinfo commentary," says Mohamed. "I hope it ll be the first to ever get displayed here." As they say, 20th time's a charm.

Tom Bennett: "My England ODI XI 1 Cook * 2 Trott 3 Bopara 4 Morgan 5 Taylor 6 Bairstow + 7 Patel Bresnan 9 Swann 10 Broad 11 Anderson." Interesting this week that the selectors didn't put Bairstow on stand-by as keeper when Prior was doubtful.

Another name from Chris Ward: "Outside bet for the ODI squad, Chris Nash of Sussex? In fine form with both bat and ball in recent times and scoring at a fair lick too. Could be the answer at the top of the order."

Kishore picks out a name from a few years ago. "I think Owais Shah should be given a chance this time. He has done reasonably well in the IPL and has the ability to cut loose in the depth overs." Not sure the selectors will forgive his fielding and running.

10.35am Some early ideas for the one-day squad. Matt W "James Taylor has to be in there. His hundred at the Ageas [Rose!, ed] Bowl the day of KP's retirement was superb. I'd also give Jos Buttler a go too. Always impressed me when I've seem him on the TV."

Jamie: "Luke wright- has hit some runs lately- 50 against northants, 100 against yorks in the CB40 and 50s against notts in the championship."

Simon: "Get Bell back in the ODI XI. He's a top order batsman who excells in the first part of the innings rather than the slog overs. get him up there, maybe opening."

Martin Jones is another Taylor fan: "If I had to pick somebody to replace Pietersen for the ODIs, I'd go with James Taylor. I'd have Davies, not Kieswetter open with Cook, Trott 3, Taylor 4, Bell 5, then maybe Stokes 6. This WI series is as good a time as any to give him another go."

10.30am With no sign of a immediate start to play I'm going open the floor to you all. England name their one-day squad soon - minus KP, of course - and who do you think should be in there, apart from the obvious names? Send in some ideas and we'll pick through a few.

Ian Ward has just called conditions "rancid." The Edgbaston groundstaff didn't go home last night trying to get the ground ready. Outstanding effort from them, it's a tough job.

"Here I am in a pretty cold Rotorua, NZ as an ex-pat Pom waiting for day 2," says Brian. "Doesn't look good eh! Down under we have Wales taking on OZ at Brisabne and Ireland here to tackle the All Blacks. Could be a good day for the British. But still no cricket." Indeed, plenty of rugby and you'll be able to follow it all over on ESPNscrum over the weekend.

10.00am Hello everyone and welcome to what we had hoped would be the second day's play from Edgbaston. It might still, but not for quite some time. It's horribly wet out there, the covers are on and the forecast - while not quite as grim as yesterday - is pretty miserable. However, we'll remain here to bring you any news that filters through. Today you have Andrew McGlashan and Alex Winter for company

Despite the weather there is still plenty to read around the site. George Dobell takes at look at Warwickshire's ambitions while Nagraj Gollapudi listened to what Graham Gooch had to say about Kevin Pietersen and Jonny Bairstow.

"Appalling weather in Dublin - not sure if that's headed your way," says Hugh. Well, here's the latest radar.

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3.30pm Award for least surprising news of the day has just been handed out...play has been abandoned. That has seemed inevitable since about 10am this morning. So we'll all be back to try again tomorrow where, it has to be said, the forecast still isn't great. For now thought I'll bid you farewell. Thanks for hanging around. From Andrew McGlashan and Alan Gardner it's goodbye.

3.20pm "It's not raining in Tenerife either, where I had organised my day to watch cricket while nursing a cracked rib," says Cheryl (not Cole, I presume). "At least it has stopped raining in Paris so we have tennis."

The umpires, by the way, want to give the weather every chance of clearing so a hanging around a bit. Good luck with that.

3.00pm: The word from George Dobell is that the umpires could call the day off around tea. Not sure why they don't do it now.

Here's Jim Bunting. "I'm in Melbourne writing my history take-home exam at midnight the night before its due, I was counting on the cricket keeping me awake! Very disappointing England. (I should mention it was a pleasant sunny winters day today in Melbourne). Women's tennis just isn't the same..." Good luck with the exam.

2.55pm: "Sorry to disappoint you, but there isn't rain 'all over the place'," says Juan. "I am sitting in the sun in Vienna, having carefully organised my day to be able to watch the cricket - but of course, back in Blighty..... I suppose I will just have to teach the Austrians to play the game instead." Yes, I didn't mean everywhere in the world.

"I reckon WI should draft the team manager into the batting line up," suggests James. "Probably still better than some of the top 4."

2.35pm: Sorry folks, I'm back. Was just working on an update from Nagraj about Chanderpaul. Still no official word from West Indies. Meanwhile, the prospects of any play today look bleak.

Plenty of rain all over the place.

2.10pm: More information from our men at the ground, George and Nagraj, who understand Chanderpaul visited hospital with the team physio and also the manager Richie Richardson.

"Looks like Shiv will get some recovery time before the game starts," says James.

2.00pm: "I suspect that this is arrival across the pond of the same weather system that we had in Boston for the last five days. Continuous rainstorms," says Steve. "The sun just came out this morning. Lessee, that means it should be sunny for you next Tuesday..." The forecast for Saturday looks more promising, but that's not difficult compared to today

1.55pm: England have won a thriller at Lord's by two wickets thanks to Dominic Cork and Darren Gough...meanwhile, back in 2012, it's still wet.

"Waiting for Sammy Stosur to start her match but it's raining in Paris too," says RandyOZ. "Was hoping to see England 5-15 (or 15 for 5) but would've been safer to assume rain in England. I thought you northerners were meant to be in summer!" So did we.

1.40pm: There is a suggestion from the ground, courtesy of the tireless George Dobell, that Shivnarine Chanderpaul has gone to hospital for a scan on a side injury. We are trying to get an official word and will let you know when we have more.

In other news, Courtney Walsh took 34 wickets at 12.82 in that 2000 series. Man alive (although not for long, if Walsh had you in his sights).

1.30pm: "@Chris Clift - 'initialism' is correct, according to my dictionary," sniffs Mervyn.

And here's PDTM: "This level of linguistic pedantism can only mean two things; match delayed by rain or it's better than watching Trott bowl to Shiv." Pedantism? Pedantism!

1.20pm: Still no sign of action at Edgbaston, where George Dobell says it is "raining the hardest is has all day". They are, however, back on in Pallakele.

Sky are showing highlights of England-West Indies at Lord's in 2000. Caddick's just taken 5 for 16 to bundle WI out for 54 - England need 188 to win. Even though I know the outcome, watching Courtney steam in I'm not confident they can get them ...

12.30pm Right, as it's officially lunch, I'm going to take a break too. We'll pick up the rain latest again in 40 minutes or so. In the meantime, I'll leave you to watch (Andy) Flower(s) in the Rain.

12.25pm Here's Dave: "@JH not sure WADA and NATO are 'words' either?"

Morvin, however, is delighted that James is helping to spread enlightenment: "Thank you, thank you, regarding your observation on acronyms and abbreviations. It sickens me that even when you go to high-level conferences everything that is abbreviated is called an acronym. Like it is the new buzz word."

And Chris Clift has a contribution too: "It's actually an 'initialisation' not an 'initialism'."

12.20pm The view of the ground from the Sky commentary box looks like it's got a 1970s filter on it. For some reason it reminds me of the Birmingham of The Rotters' Club ...

"The forecast is pretty poor for every day of the Test bar Saturday," says Theo. "I doubt there'll be enough time for a result, so looks like Bresnan's run of winning Test matches might come to an end." Well, the teams haven't been announced yet. England could always solve the Finn-Onions question by resting Brezzie Lad and preserving his record.

12.10pm Right, some official news: lunch will be from 12.30-1.10pm.

And an example of the sort of pedantry that is ruining modern life important update from James Hickling: "As there isn't any cricket to talk about... JJ, KP and ECB are not acronyms, they are initialisms as the initials don't form a word of themselves. Examples of acronyms include NATO and WADA."

12.05pm "Beefy played 20 years ago, the schedule is completely different to when he played," chunters Freddie (presumably not that one). "Managing workloads is a sensible thing to do, and something that England set-ups of the past have fallen short in doing. Injuries to fast bowlers are becoming more and more common, we don't want early retirements. Good call from Flower!"

12noon Meanwhile, Steven Davies is back in Horsham and has taken a catch. The world of a reserve England player.

I'm actually getting married near Horsham, so I hope the cricket doesn't jinx the weather. Who would have thought arranging a wedding during the height of the English summer would come with a flood warning, eh?

11.55am "Was that 2000 Test the one where Curtly's first ball of the match lifted alarmingly, went over Athers, over the keeper and down for 4 byes? Curtly just said 'you have a nice day now' to Athers." That, James, was actually 1995. Just look at the pitch!

11.45am and 4.7sec The covers are coming back on.

11.45am"The sky is a lighter shade of grey, as Procul Harum so nearly said," reports George Dobell from the ground. "The side covers off, two blotters at work ... Very rare to lose entire day. They're standing around the covers over the bowlers' run-ups as a timid fellow does a cold swimming poor. Will they won't they remove them?"

11.37am Oh, hello. The covers on the square are being rolled up ...

Time for a meeting of Acronymics Anonymous. Here's JJ on KP: "The players' commitment when they are involved in the three formats is heavy, and I understand KP's decision in light of the ECB's stance on ODI-and-T20 or nothing, however I suspect he will look back and regret what seems to be an impetuous decision. He still has so much in him and in some ways he is cutting off his nose to spite his face, making a point to the ECB when in reality it is KP and those who enjoy watching him who will suffer. Players are very quickly forgotten as people focus on those that are playing and not those elsewhere. Look how quickly Freddy Flintoff has been replaced."

11.35am "Surely Onions has to play ahead of Finn? He's in amazing form, having practically kept Durham competitive single-handedly!" I'd play them both, Matthew. There, I've said it. Let me face the Wrath of Beefy.

11.30am Morning all, I'm subbing in for Gnasher for a bit. West Indies' last Test victory against England came here ... though the weather, as much as England's ability, looks like extending a 12-year winless run against their former bunnies. For now, the covers are still on and there's mizzle in the air.

"Hoping there will be some play and Onions will get a chance," says Alan Harrison. "It's two and a half years since his last Test, in which he saved England, and he's been in great form for Durham. Congratulations to my namesake on his impending nuptials. Is that a good omen for my prospects?" Well, if it's any encouragement, my wife-to-be dislikes the name 'Alan' a lot less than she used to ...

11.10am If you have any thoughts on rotation, KP, Narine or anything else feel free to drop us a note.

10.55am The rain has stopped for now and there is some attempt to remove the covers. According to the rain radar this is a window between two heavy batches of rain.

"Covers came off for 10 seconds," says George Dobell at Edgbaston. "Maybe less. It's not raining much at moment, but it is relentless. I'm not meteorologist, but the cows are huddled under umbrellas. Can't be a good sign. But it's a very fast-draining ground and they've already served an awesome breakfast in the media centre."

10.45am "Good luck, Alan," says Chris Jones. "Do you know the definition of a bachelor? It's a man who doesn't believe in making the same mistake once."

While Alan continues to ponder his future, there is other international cricket going on today over in Pallekele where Sri Lanka have lost a couple of early wickets.

"Why is Alan getting married during a Test match?" asks Hugh. "I presume proceedings will pause to watch the cricket?" He'll be on ball-by-ball commentary either side of taking his vows.

10.35am While we get our fingers crossed over the weather there is plenty for you to read across the site. Nagraj Gollapudi looks at West Indies' possible Test debutant, Sunil Narine, and the impact he could have. Meanwhile, George Dobell takes another look at the rotation issue that has come to the fore again this week and the depth on offer in England's fast bowling.

10.30am Confirmation, as if we needed it, that the toss will be delayed. For quite a while. Nick Knight is squelching around the outfield which, actually, is holding up pretty well with the new drainage. There are, though, some soggy areas. Full covers are on. Bleak picture.

"Hope KP hasn't put down any quicksand for Nick Knight on the outfield," says James.

10.20am Morning everyone and welcome to coverage of the third Test between England and West Indies from Edgbaston. Well, at least we hope to bring you coverage. The weather is distinctly average at the moment in Birmingham and the forecast isn't promising. However, we shall remain optimistic for now and bring you news as we have it.

The first thing to say is that Matt Prior has been passed fit after his eye infection so Steven Davies is on his way back down to Horsham to rejoin Surrey. It will be Andrew McGlashan and Alan Gardner bringing you the action today...if we get any.

Alan is getting married at the weekend so is savouring the final few days of freedom.

0.1

Onions to Barath, 1 leg bye, back of a length, angled towards Barath's hip and it takes the pad past short leg

0.2

Onions to Powell, no run, short of a length outside off, going across Powell and he leaves alone

0.3

Onions to Powell, 2 runs, positive shot from Powell, he comes into the front foot and punches a full delivery square through cover...it's unlikely the outfield will be particularly quick

0.4

Onions to Powell, no run, ooh, there's the movement, this one nips back into Powell as he shoulders arms

0.5

Onions to Powell, no run, a touch fuller on off stump, defended into the off side

0.6

Onions to Powell, no run, fuller but pushed wide outside off and that's an easy one to leave alone...a loosening first over from Onions

End of over 1 (3 runs) West Indies 3/0
KOA Powell    2* (5b)      G Onions    1-0-2-0
AB Barath    0* (1b)     

Tim Bresnan will share the new ball ahead of Steven Finn

1.1

Bresnan to Barath, FOUR, starts full on off stump and is dismissively driven through the covers by Barath, a lovely flowing shot

1.2

Bresnan to Barath, no run, back of a length, nips back and is played down in front of short leg

1.3

Bresnan to Barath, no run, good length on off stump, brings Barath forwards as he defends to backward point

1.4

Bresnan to Barath, no run, well bowled, goes for an early yorker which shapes into Barath's toes and he digs it out to the off side

1.5

Bresnan to Barath, no run, complete change of length as he opts for a bouncer which is easily avoided

1.6

Bresnan to Barath, no run, full on off stump, defended firmly towards mid-off

End of over 2 (4 runs) West Indies 7/0
AB Barath    4* (7b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-4-0
KOA Powell    2* (5b)      G Onions    1-0-2-0

2.1

Onions to Powell, 3 runs, full on off stump, a meaty punch from Powell as he leans into the drive which goes straight of mid-off...Finn makes a sliding save near the boundary

2.2

Onions to Barath, no run, that's the length, in that inbetween area so the batsman doesn't quite know whether to play forward or back

2.3

Onions to Barath, no run, a little short, Barath camps on the back foot and the ball rolls into the leg side

2.4

Onions to Barath, no run, drifts onto leg stump and it's sweetly flicked off the pads but straight to the man who has gone back to square leg

2.5

Onions to Barath, no run, good line outside off but think Barath pulled his bat inside the line and wasn't beaten

"So glad to see Onions back in the English team," says Smudgeon. "On a pun basis alone, he's much better than Tremlett, Finn, and Anderson."

2.6

Onions to Barath, no run, comes half forward and defends to the off side

End of over 3 (3 runs) West Indies 10/0
AB Barath    4* (12b 1x4)      G Onions    2-0-5-0
KOA Powell    5* (6b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-4-0

It's a two-sweater day at Edgbaston

3.1

Bresnan to Powell, no run, beaten! Goes for flat-footed drive and this nips back pas the inside edge. Dangerous shot in these conditions

3.2

Bresnan to Powell, FOUR, that's much better, leans into another well-timed drive against a full delivery which races past mid-off and even on a slow outfield easily reaches the boundary, which is a good job as Powell didn't move

3.3

Bresnan to Powell, no run, defended into the off side

3.4

Bresnan to Powell, no run, big appeal for caught behind as this shapes past the outside edge, but the shout came mainly from Bresnan and there wasn't much support from the catchers

3.5

Bresnan to Powell, no run, beaten again on the inside edge, almost identical to earlier in the over

3.6

Bresnan to Powell, no run, full on off stump, again alternates between a loose shot and a solid one as he pushes to mid-off

End of over 4 (4 runs) West Indies 14/0
KOA Powell    9* (12b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-8-0
AB Barath    4* (12b 1x4)      G Onions    2-0-5-0

4.1

Onions to Barath, no run, full on middle and worked down to mid-on

Not a huge amount of pace in the pitch which isn't surprising given the weather around. Will be interesting to see what Finn gets out of it

4.2

Onions to Barath, no run, big movement this time, it jags back off a good length as Barath shoulders arms and the ball passes over middle and leg

4.3

Onions to Barath, no run, more seam movement makes life tricky for Barath, it nips back again and beats the inside edge into the top of the pad

4.4

Onions to Barath, no run, now this one shapes away from the right hander and zips past the outside edge from a good length

4.5

Onions to Barath, 1 run, dropped Ian Bell drops a simple chance at third slip to deny Onions a comeback wicket. It seamed away again and took a thick edge. Bell is Anderson's replacement in there for this game and that's not a good start. On his homeground, too

4.6

Onions to Powell, no run, pushed down the leg side

End of over 5 (1 run) West Indies 15/0
KOA Powell    9* (13b 1x4)      G Onions    3-0-6-0
AB Barath    5* (17b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-8-0

5.1

Bresnan to Barath, no run, full on off stump, defended firmly into the off side

5.2

Bresnan to Barath, no run, gets a thick outside edge again, but this one is played with soft hands and goes safely to gully

5.3

Bresnan to Barath, no run, left alone outside off stump

5.4

Bresnan to Barath, no run, full but a touch too wide which allows him to leave alone

5.5

Bresnan to Barath, no run, back of a length and makes him play this time, stands tall and defends to the covers

5.6

Bresnan to Barath, no run, goes fuller but Barath doesn't get very far forward as he plays to mid-on

"Good to see Onions back in England whites. fine, swing bowler, who was almost lost due to injuries," says Kram. "Who can forget those tests in SA where he managed to keep out the SA bowlers. Whatever happened to Tremlett, is he playing on the county circuit." Tremlett was injured in the UAE and is now back for Surrey Second XI

End of over 6 (maiden) West Indies 15/0
AB Barath    5* (23b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-1-8-0
KOA Powell    9* (13b 1x4)      G Onions    3-0-6-0

6.1

Onions to Powell, no run, outside off, angled across him and left alone

6.2

Onions to Powell, no run, shapes back at the left hander and Onions begins an appeal before realising there's a hefty chunk of bat involved

6.3

Onions to Powell, no run, close! Catches Powell on the back foot with a full delivery which comes back off the seam but another inside edge saves the batsman

No short leg in place

6.4

Onions to Powell, no run, this one climbs off the surface and flies through to Prior who is nearly taken by surprise

6.5

Onions to Powell, no run, full on off stump, Powell drives firmly into the pitch and Onions parries it in his follow through

6.6

Onions to Powell, no run, back of a length outside off and left alone

West Indies have done well to survive the first half an hour. The floodlights are on, by the way. It's nearly mid-summer.

End of over 7 (maiden) West Indies 15/0
KOA Powell    9* (19b 1x4)      G Onions    4-1-6-0
AB Barath    5* (23b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-1-8-0

7.1

Bresnan to Barath, no run, too wide outside off and it sails comfortably through to the keeper

7.2

Bresnan to Barath, no run, comes forward and defends solidly into the off side

7.3

Bresnan to Barath, no run, short ball from Bresnan and the batsman ducks underneath

7.4

Bresnan to Barath, no run, very full and Barath responds with a solid drive but it goes straight to Cook at a wide mid-off

7.5

Bresnan to Barath, no run, a well-judged leave this time...openers want to play the ball as little as possible in these conditions

7.6

Bresnan to Barath, no run, a good stride towards the ball and very solid clunk as the ball is defended to the off side

End of over 8 (maiden) West Indies 15/0
AB Barath    5* (29b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    4-2-8-0
KOA Powell    9* (19b 1x4)      G Onions    4-1-6-0

Onions' opening spell is done and it's the eagerly-anticipated return of Steven Finn

8.1

Finn to Powell, no run, starts full outside off and it's left alone

8.2

Finn to Powell, no run, a little closer to off stump but Powell is able to leave alone again

8.3

Finn to Powell, no run, back of a length this time it zings off the surface through to Prior...will be interesting to see what pace Finn can work up

8.4

Finn to Powell, no run, full and on off stump, Powell doesn't come very far forward but defends to backward point

Finn clattered the non-striker's stumps as his arm came over. Did well to be so on target

8.5

Finn to Powell, no run, good ball and well left as this climbs past the off stump

8.6

Finn to Powell, no run, not as much carry on this one which is taken at the bootlaces by Prior...steady opening over from Finn

Four maidens in a row

End of over 9 (maiden) West Indies 15/0
KOA Powell    9* (25b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0
AB Barath    5* (29b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    4-2-8-0

Change of ends for Graham Onions

9.1

Onions to Barath, no run, resumes full on off stump, Barath has been quite solid and plays back to the bowler

9.2

Onions to Barath, 4 leg byes, just loses his line down the leg side, it deflects off the thigh pad and dribbles over the fine-leg boundary

9.3

Onions to Barath, no run, big appeal! Back on off stump, nips into Barath and it's given not out. Strauss reviews at the last minute. Height the issue, takes the back pad. And it's clipping the bails so it stays the on-field call.

9.4

Onions to Barath, 2 runs, goes full this time and it's clipped off the stumps through midwicket

9.5

Onions to Barath, no run, more late movement, seams back towards the stumps as Barath leaves and it wasn't far from the off peg

9.6

Onions to Barath, no run, full on off stump, more convincing from Barath as he defends to mid-off

End of over 10 (6 runs) West Indies 21/0
AB Barath    7* (35b 1x4)      G Onions    5-1-8-0
KOA Powell    9* (25b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0

10.1

Finn to Powell, 1 wide, sprayed short and very wide outside off...wide enough to be called. Prior took it in front of Strauss at first slip

10.1

Finn to Powell, 3 runs, he's a good driver when he keeps his shape. Pushes this firmly through straight mid-off and the slow outfield again denies him a boundary

10.2

Finn to Barath, no run, full outside off, Barath defends firmly into the covers...Finn knocks the stumps with his knee in his delivery stride

10.3

Finn to Barath, no run, exaggerated movement off the seam, jags back at Barath and strikes him on the arm

10.4

Finn to Barath, no run, defended off the thick outside edge down to gully and Finn has clonked the stumps again

10.5

Finn to Barath, no run, powerful drive to a full ball but picks out mid-off with precision

Is Finn kicking the stumps in delivery his new version of falling over which he used to do quite a lot?

10.6

Finn to Barath, no run, outside off and left alone

End of over 11 (4 runs) West Indies 25/0
AB Barath    7* (40b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-1-4-0
KOA Powell    12* (26b 1x4)      G Onions    5-1-8-0

11.1

Onions to Powell, no run, good length on off stump, defended into the on side

11.2

Onions to Powell, no run, another big appeal for lbw but Powell got a thick inside edge as he went for the drive

11.3

Onions to Powell, no run, short ball to keep Powell on the back foot and he goes underneath it

11.4

Onions to Powell, no run, defended square on the off side

11.5

Onions to Powell, 3 runs, playing away from his body but gets it safely between the slips and gully...Bairstow chases around and pulls it up with a slide

11.6

Onions to Barath, no run, full on middle, comes half forward and defends to mid-on

This has been very good from West Indies so far. A few loose shots, yes, but they've fought hard

End of over 12 (3 runs) West Indies 28/0
AB Barath    7* (41b 1x4)      G Onions    6-1-11-0
KOA Powell    15* (31b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-1-4-0

It's fancy dress day at Edgbaston. You see all sorts.

12.1

Finn to Powell, no run, full outside off and seams away past the outside edge as Powell lunges forward

12.2

Finn to Powell, 1 run, pushed into the off side, takes his bottom hand off the bat which suggests he wasn't quite in position

12.3

Finn to Barath, 1 run, more good running as Barath drops this one into space in the covers

12.4

Finn to Powell, no run, very loose from Powell, offered a hint of width but it was a waft rather than a full-blooded cut and he nearly got an edge

12.5

Finn to Powell, no run, that's too good! A beauty from Finn which bounces and seams past Powell's outside edge. Prior took the ball as it was still rising

12.6

Finn to Powell, no run, beaten again, he's getting into his grove now, this was fuller and drew Powell forward

End of over 13 (2 runs) West Indies 30/0
KOA Powell    16* (36b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-1-6-0
AB Barath    8* (42b 1x4)      G Onions    6-1-11-0

Will probably be drinks after this over. Will they serve tea? It's a day for it.

13.1

Onions to Barath, no run, back of a length, defended into the off side

13.2

Onions to Barath, no run, full at the stumps, squeezed off a thick inside edge to square leg

13.3

Onions to Barath, no run, back of a length, scoots past the outside edge but Barath pulled inside the line

13.4

Onions to Barath, no run, nips back and takes the top of the pad as Barath shapes to play to leg

13.5

Onions to Barath, no run, wider on the crease from Onions, Barath plays into the leg side

13.6

Onions to Barath, 1 run, full on off stump, pushed into space between cover and mid-off

And that's drinks. England have bowled well but nothing to show for it. For the next hour it will be over to Alex Winter

End of over 14 (1 run) West Indies 31/0
AB Barath    9* (48b 1x4)      G Onions    7-1-12-0
KOA Powell    16* (36b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-1-6-0

Thanks Gnasher, been a weird hour. England have looked right on top of things, putting it in the right areas and wobbling the ball around but the West Indies' openers have hung in their and full credit to them, a good start for the visitors...Finn continuing...

14.1

Finn to Barath, no run, bumper and ducked, just

14.2

Finn to Barath, no run, leg side, taken by Prior, seemed to zip through

14.3

Finn to Barath, FOUR, length and an inside edge past the keeper for four, fine delivery, it was a thin edge with Barath playing late, just nipped in

14.4

Finn to Barath, no run, and this nips away and beats Barath, going back this time, that was a great nut

14.5

Finn to Barath, no run, fuller again, a little too straight and off the pad in front of short leg

14.6

Finn to Barath, 1 run, back of a length, blocked to cover and they scramble through for a run

Another great, probing over but still nothing for England...

End of over 15 (5 runs) West Indies 36/0
AB Barath    14* (54b 2x4)      ST Finn    4-1-11-0
KOA Powell    16* (36b 1x4)      G Onions    7-1-12-0

And Onions...

15.1

Onions to Barath, no run, length outside off, easily left alone

15.2

Onions to Barath, 1 run, touch of bounce of a length on middle and leg, guided down behind square on the leg side

15.3

Onions to Powell, 2 runs, guided into the gully, missed by the fielder and there are runs to third man

15.4

Onions to Powell, no run, fuller and driven to mid off

15.5

Onions to Powell, no run, length, wide of off stump and left alone

15.6

Onions to Powell, 2 runs, forward and blocked to cover

End of over 16 (5 runs) West Indies 41/0
KOA Powell    20* (40b 1x4)      G Onions    8-1-17-0
AB Barath    15* (56b 2x4)      ST Finn    4-1-11-0

16.1

Finn to Barath, no run, fine delivery again, this beats the late defensive stroke and clips the pad on the way through to Prior, half cry for lbw

16.2

Finn to Barath, no run, beaten again, high on the pad and going down

16.3

Finn to Barath, no run, off stump and a solid block back up the wicket

16.4

Finn to Barath, FOUR, full and punched down the ground past mid off for four, fine stroke, wasn't timed 100% but a good strike nevertheless

16.5

Finn to Barath, no run, bumper and ducked well

16.6

Finn to Barath, no run, length and played inside the line

End of over 17 (4 runs) West Indies 45/0
AB Barath    19* (62b 3x4)      ST Finn    5-1-15-0
KOA Powell    20* (40b 1x4)      G Onions    8-1-17-0

Change and it's Bresnan...

17.1

Bresnan to Powell, FOUR, bowling full and it's punished down the ground for four, a great shot, really nice to watch that, into position and perfect timing

17.2

Bresnan to Powell, no run, a tad shorter and blocked to the bowler

17.3

Bresnan to Powell, OUT, gone! Or is it?! Yes gone! Swann grabs on at second slip as Powell just feels outside off and gets a decent edge to a good height for the fielder who fumbled a touch but held it. It was a full ball just outside off and maybe Powell could have left it but he was feeling bat on ball nicely previously in the over and pushed at it

KOA Powell c Swann b Bresnan 24 (78m 43b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.81

So the man on debut comes in...

17.4

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, and gets a similar delivery and guides to point on the front foot

17.5

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, gets more across his off stump and blocks

17.6

Bresnan to Fudadin, 2 runs, turns to leg this time and gets himself off the mark

End of over 18 (6 runs) West Indies 51/1
AB Fudadin    2* (3b)      TT Bresnan    5-2-14-1
AB Barath    19* (62b 3x4)      ST Finn    5-1-15-0

So England will certainly be relieved with the breakthrough...

18.1

Finn to Barath, no run, Barath is quite often late onto the extra pace of Finn, this he just keeps out on a length into short leg

18.2

Finn to Barath, no run, back of a length now and blocked on the crease

18.3

Finn to Barath, no run, full and dug out back to the bowler, a crowd catch

18.4

Finn to Barath, no run, very well left just outside off stump

18.5

Finn to Barath, no run, bouncer down the leg side, easily negotiated

18.6

Finn to Barath, no run, full and driven with a flourish to mid off, wasn't great timing

End of over 19 (maiden) West Indies 51/1
AB Barath    19* (68b 3x4)      ST Finn    6-2-15-0
AB Fudadin    2* (3b)      TT Bresnan    5-2-14-1

Looks as if Prior is still struggling a little bit with his eyes, having a little bit of treatment...

19.1

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, well wide of off stump and left alone

19.2

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, full and punched to mid on

19.3

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, leg stump strikes the pad

19.4

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, wider of off and left alone

19.5

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, good line, forward across the off stump to block

19.6

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, bounces on Fudadin as he tries to angle square on the off side

End of over 20 (maiden) West Indies 51/1
AB Fudadin    2* (9b)      TT Bresnan    6-3-14-1
AB Barath    19* (68b 3x4)      ST Finn    6-2-15-0

20.1

Finn to Barath, no run, length outside off and left

20.2

Finn to Barath, 1 run, turned around the corner, there is a backward short leg in place, it beats him to long leg

20.3

Finn to Fudadin, FOUR, full wide and put away nicely through the covers, a confidence-boosting stroke, nice timing

Slip cordon bolstered...

20.4

Finn to Fudadin, no run, guided into the gully from back of a length

20.5

Finn to Fudadin, no run, pushed out to point from the crease

20.6

Finn to Fudadin, no run, leg side, tried to be flicked away, off the pads to Prior's right

End of over 21 (5 runs) West Indies 56/1
AB Fudadin    6* (13b 1x4)      ST Finn    7-2-20-0
AB Barath    20* (70b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    6-3-14-1

Similarities...Graeme Swann is now coming into the attack...

21.1

Swann to Barath, no run, wide of off and left alone

21.2

Swann to Barath, no run, tighter to off and blocked coming forward

21.3

Swann to Barath, no run, played forward, more with the pad, he got outside the line

21.4

Swann to Barath, no run, forward again this time batted back up the wicket

21.5

Swann to Barath, SIX, tossed up slightly and heaved down the ground for six, fine strike, cleared the front leg and boom over long on

21.6

Swann to Barath, no run, waited for the turn, there was a little, blocked to short leg

End of over 22 (6 runs) West Indies 62/1
AB Barath    26* (76b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0
AB Fudadin    6* (13b 1x4)      ST Finn    7-2-20-0

22.1

Finn to Fudadin, 2 runs, length and turned out through square leg for a single

22.2

Finn to Fudadin, 1 run, well ran, played late into the covers from outside off stump and they're quickly off for a single

Cheers as the sun comes out!

22.3

Finn to Barath, no run, struck on the pad looking to turn to leg

22.4

Finn to Barath, no run, touch square up, edge short of gully

22.5

Finn to Barath, no run, angled into the pads, turned to the backward short leg, a good diving save

22.6

Finn to Barath, 1 run, tucked into midwicket from a length

End of over 23 (4 runs) West Indies 66/1
AB Barath    27* (80b 3x4 1x6)      ST Finn    8-2-24-0
AB Fudadin    9* (15b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0

23.1

Swann to Barath, no run, flatter down the leg side, flicked at and missed, taken by Prior smartly

23.2

Swann to Barath, no run, forward to a length ball just outside off and pushed into the covers

23.3

Swann to Barath, 3 runs, nice shot, carved through cover point with a flashing drive, outfield prevents four

And now the left-hander against Swann...

23.4

Swann to Fudadin, no run, around the wicket, blocked around middle stump, turned to the on side

23.5

Swann to Fudadin, no run, tossed up on off stump and hacked rather, down to mid on

23.6

Swann to Fudadin, no run, outside off now, well forward to block to cover

End of over 24 (3 runs) West Indies 69/1
AB Fudadin    9* (18b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-0-9-0
AB Barath    30* (83b 3x4 1x6)      ST Finn    8-2-24-0

Change with 15 minutes to lunch and it's Bresnan for Finn...

24.1

Bresnan to Barath, 1 run, turned to long leg, where Trott has a long run to long leg on the other side of the ground

24.2

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, length and blocked carefully up on the off side

24.3

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, blocked on a length again into the off side

24.4

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, now a touch shorter and angled square on the off side

24.5

Bresnan to Fudadin, FOUR, tighter line and fuller, played forward and it's off an edge to third man for four

24.6

Bresnan to Fudadin, 1 run, leg stump and turned down to long leg, Trott in the action again

End of over 25 (6 runs) West Indies 75/1
AB Fudadin    14* (23b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    7-3-20-1
AB Barath    31* (84b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    2-0-9-0

25.1

Swann to Fudadin, no run, ran back towards the bowler

25.2

Swann to Fudadin, no run, forward and blocked back up the wicket

25.3

Swann to Fudadin, no run, forward again to block just outside off

25.4

Swann to Fudadin, no run, big stride forward again in defence

25.5

Swann to Fudadin, no run, tossed up and driven to extra cover, well played and well fielded

25.6

Swann to Fudadin, no run, played across it a touch, pushed on the bounce to short leg

End of over 26 (maiden) West Indies 75/1
AB Fudadin    14* (29b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-1-9-0
AB Barath    31* (84b 3x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    7-3-20-1

26.1

Bresnan to Barath, no run, blocked on a length

26.2

Bresnan to Barath, 2 runs, full and whipped out to long leg from middle and leg-ish

26.3

Bresnan to Barath, no run, more off stump now and blocked coming forward

26.4

Bresnan to Barath, no run, off stump again and blocked compactly on the crease

26.5

Bresnan to Barath, no run, blocked similarly

26.6

Bresnan to Barath, no run, length and left alone outside off stump

Comfortably dealt with that over, Barath feeling more settled now...

End of over 27 (2 runs) West Indies 77/1
AB Barath    33* (90b 3x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    8-3-22-1
AB Fudadin    14* (29b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-1-9-0

27.1

Swann to Fudadin, no run, outside off, the slider...ooo left alone and it just misses the off stump

27.2

Swann to Fudadin, 1 run, straighter and turned into midwicket now

27.3

Swann to Barath, 2 runs, nicely tucked away with a late cut, runs down to third man, delicately played

27.4

Swann to Barath, no run, tossed up and driven back to the bowler

27.5

Swann to Barath, 1 run, tucked behind square on the leg side with another delicate stroke, soft hands

27.6

Swann to Fudadin, no run, turned against the spin but only to the square fielder on the leg side

End of over 28 (4 runs) West Indies 81/1
AB Fudadin    15* (32b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-1-13-0
AB Barath    36* (93b 3x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    8-3-22-1

Final over before the break...

28.1

Bresnan to Barath, no run, length and tucked into midwicket

28.2

Bresnan to Barath, no run, length outside off and left alone

28.3

Bresnan to Barath, no run, full but carefully forward to block

28.4

Bresnan to Barath, no run, touch wider of off stump and across to block a full delivery

28.5

Bresnan to Barath, FOUR, fuller still and it's an edged drive to third man, a mistake two balls out from lunch but luck with Barath it's short of the cordon and wide enough to ran for four

28.6

Bresnan to Barath, no run, another drive, this back to the bowler

Lunch and West Indies, inserted, have battled away very well and can be pleased with the position they are in at the break. The bowling was good and nipped around, especially in the first hour, but the batsman survived, aside Powell, and go back to the pavilion in decent shape...

End of over 29 (4 runs) West Indies 85/1
AB Barath    40* (99b 4x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    9-3-26-1
AB Fudadin    15* (32b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-1-13-0

Graham Onions will resume after the break...

Welcome back to the afternoon session on the third (or is it first?) day. It was a good morning for West Indies. Now, can they carry it through? Gnasher here for the first stint. The England players make their way the steps, it remains overcast and chilly.

29.1

Onions to Fudadin, no run, he has a flash first ball after lunch at a short, wide delivery that should have been left. No footwork and miles away from his body

29.2

Onions to Fudadin, no run, better ball from Onions and played better by Fudadin as he watches it go past off stump

29.3

Onions to Fudadin, no run, beauty! That's a cracker from Onions, full outside off and seams away from the left hander to beat the outside edge

29.4

Onions to Fudadin, no run, fuller this time, yorker-length, but wide of the stumps and its' dug out to the leg side

29.5

Onions to Fudadin, no run, comes into the front foot and drives to cover

Stuart Broad has tweeted: "I have a small virus but fully fine to play. Its a good opportunity to give Finny and Bunny some Test cricket in a shortened game."

29.6

Onions to Fudadin, no run, nearly fishes for this one outside off but just about makes the wise decision not to

End of over 30 (maiden) West Indies 85/1
AB Fudadin    15* (38b 2x4)      G Onions    9-2-17-0
AB Barath    40* (99b 4x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    9-3-26-1

Three slips for Finn

30.1

Finn to Barath, 1 run, dropped! oh boy. Bell has dropped another sitter at third slip. Back of a length from Finn, it climbed and took the shoulder of the bat and looped at head-height to Bell but it burst through his hands. Not sure Bell will be there much longer

Bell, by the way, is wearing sunglasses

30.2

Finn to Fudadin, no run, flash and a miss again from Fudadin, they haven't quite switched on since lunch (a bit like Bell) as he tries to cut a short delivery

30.3

Finn to Fudadin, no run, onto the front foot and drives to cover

Anderson as crucial for his catching as his bowling

30.4

Finn to Fudadin, no run, wide outside off and left alone as, for about the ninth time, Finn clatters the stumps

30.5

Finn to Fudadin, FOUR, full and wide, well driven square through the off side and even the slow outfield won't stop it

30.6

Finn to Fudadin, no run, bounces awkwardly at Fudadin who fends it into the leg side

End of over 31 (5 runs) West Indies 90/1
AB Fudadin    19* (43b 3x4)      ST Finn    9-2-29-0
AB Barath    41* (100b 4x4 1x6)      G Onions    9-2-17-0

Bell's sunglasses are now on his cap

31.1

Onions to Barath, no run, left alone outside off

31.2

Onions to Barath, no run, closer to off stump but Barath is again able to watch it go through

"Is Monty dressed as Ian Bell today?" asks Anthony

31.3

Onions to Barath, no run, short of a length, so Barath is able to leave on length as much as line...the ball carries over off stump

31.4

Onions to Barath, no run, dragged down short and wide, no need to play at that

31.5

Onions to Barath, no run, angled towards leg stump and takes the pad into the leg side

31.6

Onions to Barath, OUT, gone! Onions has his wicket. But Barath is using a review. Looked pretty good. Was full, but was it slipping down leg side? Interesting. Well, it's clipping the outside of leg stump.

AB Barath lbw b Onions 41 (137m 106b 4x4 1x6) SR: 38.67

Barath had been dropped twice but played solidly. On another day he would have survived that shout. Relief, though, for Onions.

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) West Indies 90/2
     G Onions    10-3-17-1
AB Fudadin    19* (43b 3x4)      ST Finn    9-2-29-0

32.1

Finn to Fudadin, no run, back of a length, defended into the off side...the non-striker's stumps are getting a hammering from Finn's knee

32.2

Finn to Fudadin, no run, full on off stump, squares him up a touch as he defends to the off side

32.3

Finn to Fudadin, no run, pushed a little wide outside off and left alone

32.4

Finn to Fudadin, no run, not making him play again outside off

32.5

Finn to Fudadin, no run, back of a length, defended to the leg side

32.6

Finn to Fudadin, no run, that's a good nut, beats the outside edge as he presses forward. Good carry at good pace.

End of over 33 (maiden) West Indies 90/2
AB Fudadin    19* (49b 3x4)      ST Finn    10-3-29-0
DM Bravo    0* (0b)      G Onions    10-3-17-1

33.1

Onions to Bravo, 1 run, on leg stump, tucked neatly down to long leg

33.2

Onions to Fudadin, no run, takes the pad the leg side and there's nearly a mix-up as he looks for a single before being sent back

33.3

Onions to Fudadin, 1 run, a little too straight and it allows him to work down to long leg

33.4

Onions to Bravo, no run, gets onto off stump and it's defended into the covers

33.5

Onions to Bravo, no run, back of a length, Bravo defends from the top of the bounce to the off side

33.6

Onions to Bravo, no run, fuller and brings him forward as he plays to mid-off

End of over 34 (2 runs) West Indies 92/2
DM Bravo    1* (4b)      G Onions    11-3-19-1
AB Fudadin    20* (51b 3x4)      ST Finn    10-3-29-0

34.1

Finn to Fudadin, no run, full on middle, plays down to mid-on

34.2

Finn to Fudadin, no run, this one takes the splice into the leg side as it bounces a touch more

Three slips and a gully in place

34.3

Finn to Fudadin, no run, pushed square into the off side and backward point swoops to cut off the single

34.4

Finn to Fudadin, no run, back of a length, worked towards square leg...might be worth a bat-pad for Fudadin

34.5

Finn to Fudadin, no run, beaten, he tries to make it look as though he pulled the bat inside the line but the ball had gone past the edge

34.6

Finn to Fudadin, no run, and again, good finish to a testing over as another one zips past the outside edge...slightly slow footwork

End of over 35 (maiden) West Indies 92/2
AB Fudadin    20* (57b 3x4)      ST Finn    11-4-29-0
DM Bravo    1* (4b)      G Onions    11-3-19-1

35.1

Onions to Bravo, no run, good line, just outside off stump and Bravo shoulders arms

35.2

Onions to Bravo, no run, probes away outside off and Bravo doesn't play

"Playing the Steven Finn drinking game, one shot every time he kicks the stumps over," says Andy. Good luck.

35.3

Onions to Bravo, no run, makes him play, starts on middle and off, Bravo on the back foot

35.4

Onions to Bravo, no run, that's excellent, late movement to beat the outside edge...hint of swing into Bravo then seam away off the pitch

35.5

Onions to Bravo, FOUR, very nicely played, jumped onto his toes and turned this down the leg side to beat long leg

35.6

Onions to Bravo, no run, back outside off stump, full and left alone

End of over 36 (4 runs) West Indies 96/2
DM Bravo    5* (10b 1x4)      G Onions    12-3-23-1
AB Fudadin    20* (57b 3x4)      ST Finn    11-4-29-0

36.1

Finn to Fudadin, no run, banged in back of a length, hammers into the top of the bat as he plays to cover

36.2

Finn to Fudadin, no run, full on middle, Fudadin almost plays around his front pad as he pushes back to Finn

36.3

Finn to Fudadin, no run, tucked off middle and leg to square leg

36.4

Finn to Fudadin, no run, another beauty that seams past the outside edge as Fudadin is drawn into playing away from his body

36.5

Finn to Fudadin, no run, full on middle and off, pushed firmly back past the stumps and mid-off comes around

36.6

Finn to Fudadin, no run, accurate stuff from Finn, back of a length and it's defended to end his third maiden of this spell

End of over 37 (maiden) West Indies 96/2
AB Fudadin    20* (63b 3x4)      ST Finn    12-5-29-0
DM Bravo    5* (10b 1x4)      G Onions    12-3-23-1

37.1

Onions to Bravo, 1 run, finds the gap at cover as he pushes a full-length delivery

Another idea from Gav. "One drink everytime Bravo is compared to Lara." (Not that we are condoning excessive drinking etc etc)

37.2

Onions to Fudadin, no run, play and miss again, short of a length and too close for the cut that he tried

37.3

Onions to Fudadin, no run, fuller and the batsman is caught on the crease but manages to play safely to the off side

37.4

Onions to Fudadin, 2 runs, short of a length, worked nicely off the body through backward square leg

Assad Fudadin, in this one innings, has now overtaken Kirk Edwards' aggregate runs of West Indies' entire tour of England - eight innings

37.5

Onions to Fudadin, no run, full on off stump, gets a decent stride forward and defends

37.6

Onions to Fudadin, no run, outside off and left alone

End of over 38 (3 runs) West Indies 99/2
AB Fudadin    22* (68b 3x4)      G Onions    13-3-26-1
DM Bravo    6* (11b 1x4)      ST Finn    12-5-29-0

38.1

Finn to Bravo, no run, beats the outside edge from back of a length

38.2

Finn to Bravo, no run, left alone

38.3

Finn to Bravo, no run, pushed across the body again, a loose drive from Bravo

38.4

Finn to Bravo, no run, a little too wide and shoulders arms

38.5

Finn to Bravo, OUT, gone! Finn grabs a low return catch as Bravo basically blocks a delivery back to him in his follow through. The ball may have stopped a little, but quite an odd dismissal

DM Bravo c & b Finn 6 (39m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Wicket a piece for England's three quicks. Finn, like Onions earlier, deserved that scalp. Passed the edge a lot

Marlon Samuels promoted to No. 5 which is good see

38.6

Finn to Samuels, no run, excellent yorker first ball, Samuels manages to jab it out to the leg side

End of over 39 (wicket maiden) West Indies 99/3
MN Samuels    0* (1b)      ST Finn    13-6-29-1
AB Fudadin    22* (68b 3x4)      G Onions    13-3-26-1

Change of bowling as Graeme Swann comes on

39.1

Swann to Fudadin, no run, round the wicket, punched off the back foot to cover

Samuels has played Swann brilliantly this series

39.2

Swann to Fudadin, FOUR, dragged down short and pulled away through midwicket...pounced on it well

39.3

Swann to Fudadin, no run, back on a full length, Fudadin comes forward and defends

39.4

Swann to Fudadin, no run, plays forward and gets an inside edge along the ground past short leg

39.5

Swann to Fudadin, no run, on off stump, played to mid-on

39.6

Swann to Fudadin, no run, big stride towards the ball and defended into the off side

End of over 40 (4 runs) West Indies 103/3
AB Fudadin    26* (74b 4x4)      GP Swann    5-1-17-0
MN Samuels    0* (1b)      ST Finn    13-6-29-1

"For the first time in my life, I want to see England do well...," says Pavi. "But, being honest, it's only because I want to see Narine bowl!"

40.1

Finn to Samuels, no run, full outside off, doesn't move his feet hugely as he pushes square into the covers

40.2

Finn to Samuels, no run, back of a length, dropped into the off side and he wanted a single but Fudadin wasn't interested

40.3

Finn to Samuels, 3 runs, loses his line onto leg stump, allows Samuels an easy flick to get off the mark but the slow outfield means Bresnan can catch it

40.4

Finn to Fudadin, no run, full on off stump, driven firmly to mid-off

40.5

Finn to Fudadin, no run, short of a length, cut firmly into the ground and bounces to Pietersen in the gully

40.6

Finn to Fudadin, no run, full outside off, he goes for a drive but the lack of footwork means it skews off a thick inside edge to leg side

End of over 41 (3 runs) West Indies 106/3
AB Fudadin    26* (77b 4x4)      ST Finn    14-6-32-1
MN Samuels    3* (4b)      GP Swann    5-1-17-0

41.1

Swann to Samuels, no run, tossed up on middle, defended to the leg side

Slip and a short leg in place

41.2

Swann to Samuels, no run, pushed into the off side

41.3

Swann to Samuels, no run, goes back to a slightly shorter ball and plays with soft hands

41.4

Swann to Samuels, no run, a little flatter on off stump, Samuels again deep in his crease as he defends

41.5

Swann to Samuels, no run, strides forward this time and traps the ball between bat and pad...good contest

41.6

Swann to Samuels, no run, flicked along the ground to midwicket

End of over 42 (maiden) West Indies 106/3
MN Samuels    3* (10b)      GP Swann    6-2-17-0
AB Fudadin    26* (77b 4x4)      ST Finn    14-6-32-1

Change of bowling. Tim Bresnan back for another burst. This is a longer afternoon session, tea is at 4.10pm

42.1

Bresnan to Fudadin, 1 run, starts full on middle and leg, it's worked into the gap wide of mid-on

42.2

Bresnan to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, tucked off the hip backward of square

42.3

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, tucked into the leg side

42.4

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, full on off stump, defended solidly back to Bresnan

42.5

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, pushed into the off side

42.6

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, outside off and shoulders arms

End of over 43 (2 runs) West Indies 108/3
AB Fudadin    27* (82b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    10-3-28-1
MN Samuels    4* (11b)      GP Swann    6-2-17-0

43.1

Swann to Samuels, 1 bye, spins into the pads and bobbles past short leg

43.2

Swann to Fudadin, no run, round the wicket, comes forward and defends

43.3

Swann to Fudadin, no run, full and driven to mid-off

43.4

Swann to Fudadin, no run, worked behind square on the leg side

43.5

Swann to Fudadin, no run, teasing away is Swann, Fudadin comes forward and defends

43.6

Swann to Fudadin, no run, finds the inside edge again but it goes safely into the leg side

End of over 44 (1 run, maiden) West Indies 109/3
AB Fudadin    27* (87b 4x4)      GP Swann    7-3-17-0
MN Samuels    4* (12b)      TT Bresnan    10-3-28-1

44.1

Bresnan to Samuels, no run, full on off stump, defended from the crease to the covers

44.2

Bresnan to Samuels, no run, he plays this as though he didn't quite pick it up...was very full and he pushed at it with the bottom hand coming off the bat

44.3

Bresnan to Samuels, no run, sends down a bouncer which Samuels comfortably ducks

44.4

Bresnan to Samuels, no run, comes right across his crease outside off them defends to backward point...you could see all three stumps behind him. Sometimes wonder if he's worth a leg-stump yorker

44.5

Bresnan to Samuels, no run, nips back from a good length, Samuels again takes the bottom hand away as he defends

44.6

Bresnan to Samuels, no run, played into the on side and England continue to apply pressure with tight overs

End of over 45 (maiden) West Indies 109/3
MN Samuels    4* (18b)      TT Bresnan    11-4-28-1
AB Fudadin    27* (87b 4x4)      GP Swann    7-3-17-0

45.1

Swann to Fudadin, no run, thrusts his pad forward then leaves alone

45.2

Swann to Fudadin, no run, leans well forward and plays with bat and pad together...could have a silly point to Fudadin as well

45.3

Swann to Fudadin, no run, driven firmly into the off side

45.4

Swann to Fudadin, no run, on middle stump, blocked down the pitch

45.5

Swann to Fudadin, no run, nicely bowled, more flight and a touch slower outside off...left alone

45.6

Swann to Fudadin, no run, draws him forward again as he plays to the off side

Off on a bit of a tangent here, but this is an interesting scorecard from 2000. A few players from this match, including Fudadin, played in that game.

End of over 46 (maiden) West Indies 109/3
AB Fudadin    27* (93b 4x4)      GP Swann    8-4-17-0
MN Samuels    4* (18b)      TT Bresnan    11-4-28-1

46.1

Bresnan to Samuels, 1 run, full on middle and leg, squirts off a thick edge down to long leg

46.2

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, on middle and off, defended to the off side

46.3

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, angled across outside off and he doesn't play

46.4

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, full on middle and leg, flicked into the leg side but can't find a gap...find runs hard to come by now

46.5

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, banged in short, Fudadin plays it well jumping in the crease then dropping it down by his feet

46.6

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, short of a length again, pushed into the off side

14 runs in the last 10 overs for West Indies. England keeping control but Fudadin showing composure. Until tea it's over to Alex Winter

End of over 47 (1 run) West Indies 110/3
AB Fudadin    27* (98b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    12-4-29-1
MN Samuels    5* (19b)      GP Swann    8-4-17-0

Cheers Gnasher, can West Indies continue this settling down period and build the large partnership they need here...Swann after drinks...

47.1

Swann to Samuels, FOUR, starts just back of a length and this is lovely, punched away off the back foot with a little shuffle away to leg to give him room, timed and placed to perfection

47.2

Swann to Samuels, no run, forward to block on middle and off back to the bowler

47.3

Swann to Samuels, 1 run, little flatter, waited for and turned down to long leg

47.4

Swann to Fudadin, no run, floated up, little bit of drift in, played forward and blocked

47.5

Swann to Fudadin, no run, forward again blocking

47.6

Swann to Fudadin, no run, floated up outside off stump and left alone

End of over 48 (5 runs) West Indies 115/3
AB Fudadin    27* (101b 4x4)      GP Swann    9-4-22-0
MN Samuels    10* (22b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    12-4-29-1

And Bresnan...

48.1

Bresnan to Samuels, no run, inswinger, defended forward

48.2

Bresnan to Samuels, no run, middle stump and moved to midwicket

48.3

Bresnan to Samuels, 1 run, full outside off, a good stride forward and driving just wide enough of mid off for a single

48.4

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, solidly blocked around off stump on the crease

48.5

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, leg side and ignored

48.6

Bresnan to Fudadin, no run, nice looking off drive but only as far as mid on

End of over 49 (1 run) West Indies 116/3
AB Fudadin    27* (104b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    13-4-30-1
MN Samuels    11* (25b 1x4)      GP Swann    9-4-22-0

49.1

Swann to Samuels, no run, fired in and punched on the front foot to mid off

49.2

Swann to Samuels, no run, down the pitch now, more flight, and driven to mid off again

49.3

Swann to Samuels, no run, tried to use the feet again, got a little bit caught up trying to move it into the leg side, ended up driven back to the bowler

49.4

Swann to Samuels, 1 run, this time punched past the bowler down to long leg going to his left

49.5

Swann to Fudadin, no run, round the wicket, defended forward just outside off stump

49.6

Swann to Fudadin, no run, flatter, forward again to carefully block

End of over 50 (1 run) West Indies 117/3
AB Fudadin    27* (106b 4x4)      GP Swann    10-4-23-0
MN Samuels    12* (29b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    13-4-30-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
England v West Indies at Birmingham - Jun 7-11, 2012
Match drawn
England v West Indies at Nottingham - May 25-28, 2012
England won by 9 wickets
England v West Indies at Lord's - May 17-21, 2012
England won by 5 wickets
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