Chanderpaul under injury cloud

Shivnarine Chanderpaul continued his defiance AFP

Shivnarine Chanderpaul visited hospital as rain washed out the opening day of the third Test at Edgbaston for examination on a side strain.

He was noticed leaving the ground earlier in the day and made the journey with team manager Richie Richardson and physio C.J. Clark. After play was abandoned a West Indies spokesman confirmed the situation. "A day off gives him a day off to see how he goes," he said. "He has been to hospital for a scan."

Chanderpaul did not bat during the two training days ahead of this Test having also sat out the two-day tour match against Leicestershire last weekend. In the first two games of the series he has scored 235 runs and twice came close to scoring a hundred at Lord's.

With the toss delayed neither team has been confirmed for the match and the rain could yet give Chanderpaul extra time to recover. There are two reserve batsmen in the squad - Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin - although one of those was already expected to replace the out-of-from Kirk Edwards who has endured a dismal tour.