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
Tino Best's infectious spirit can be put to good use by West Indies as they search for consistency after a series where they showed some promising signs
Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies batsman, has been fined 20% of his match fee for making a gesture directed at Viv Richards after reaching his century at Edgbaston
Tougher challenges await for England and there are a couple of areas to sort out, but the series victory against West Indies highlighted their solidity as a Test side
Tino Best, whose career as a Test batsman was previously best known for Andrew Flintoff's "mind the windows" jibe at Lord's eight years ago, struck back with the innings of his life
Kevin Pietersen has blamed his decision to retire from limited-overs international cricket on England's unrelenting schedule but reiterated his desire to play in the World T20 in September.
Despite improvements in the game's administration, cricket has not addressed the problem of not showing enough respect to spectators
ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the fourth day at Edgbaston
Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman, marked his second Test century by brandishing a piece of paper criticising the former West Indies captain Viv Richards.
Tino Best came within five runs of immortality and did so with a brilliance that put him up there with anybody in the great litany of Test cricket's unlikely performances
England's rejigged pace attack shared the honours on the third day at Edgbaston, but West Indies fought hard throughout to end on a competitive 280 for 8
The Durham pace bowler, playing a Test he thought may never happen for him, produced a performance to highlight England's depth
ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the third (or is that first?) day at Edgbaston
West Indies' in-form batsman did not have James Anderson to spar with this time, but still found himself in the middle of spicy battle at Edgbaston
For the first time since 1964 - at Lord's against Australia - the first two days of an England home Test were washed out after the second day at Edgbaston went the same way as the first.
Paying viewers are short-changed when players go off in borderline poor conditions
Pietersen's has been among the most sparkling yet controversial stories of all
England's ambitions to inflict a 3-0 whitewash upon West Indies were frustrated as rain washed out the first day of the third Test
For the second time in four years Edgbaston lost a total day to rain from a Test but insurance will largely cover the costs and the club has come a long way
Shivnarine Chanderpaul visited hospital as rain washed out the opening day of the third Test at Edgbaston for examination on a side strain
Graham Gooch, England's batting coach, admitted that Kevin Pietersen's retirement from international limited-overs cricket has opened up a big hole
Stats highlights from day four which was dominated by West Indies' tenth-wicket pair of Tino Best and Denesh Ramdin
With off-field issues aplenty for both teams, attention could be drawn away from what should be a match with plenty of talking points
England do not have a great record against spinners who are a bit different and are likely to face a new one in the final Test against West Indies
Steven Davies, the Surrey wicketkeeper, has been drafted into the England squad for the third Test against West Indies after Matt Prior picked up an eye infection.
Despite this series having been decided last week there have been plenty of talking points in the lead-up to the final Test at Edgbaston
|13||AJ Strauss||AN Cook|
|27||AJ Strauss||IJL Trott|
|9||AJ Strauss||KP Pietersen|
|137||IR Bell||KP Pietersen|
|29||IR Bell||JM Bairstow|
|6||IR Bell||ST Finn|