Cricket: England v West Indies

Final day wash out leaves England 2-0 winners

West Indies will be more competitive in ODI series

Final day wash out leaves England 2-0 winners

The final day of the 3rd Test at Edgbaston was washed out, meaning that England ran out 2-0 winners of the series against West Indies. England remained on 221-5 in reply to West Indies first-innings of 425.

A total of 187.3 overs were bowled in a match chiefly memorable for the highest score ever made by a number 11 batsman, Tino Best. Three whole days were lost to rain, including the first two days for the first time in a Test match in England since 1964.  

West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin was fined 20 per cent of his match fee by the ICC for the inappropriate way he celebrated his century on day four.

Ramdin held up a sheet of paper, which read: “Yeah Viv, Talk Nah” in retaliation for the legendary batsman’s criticism of him. The ICC found Ramdin guilty “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”.  

The two teams will now play three ODIs in the NatWest Series and a Twenty20 international, starting at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. England’s squad is unchanged from their 4-0 drubbing of Pakistan with the sole exception of Ian Bell who returns in place of the retired Kevin Pietersen.

The West Indies are likely to be far more competitive than in the Tests. The explosive Chris Gayle returns at the top of the batting order, which is further strengthened by the inclusion of the big-hitting Kieron Pollard and allrounder Dwayne Bravo.

England will be happy with their form ahead of the Test series against South Africa. Andrew Strauss returned to form by stroking back-to-back hundreds, the second of which was an absolute beauty, and Kevin Pietersen is in the best form of his life. Matt Prior was the one established player not in the runs, although after Jonny Bairstow’s failures, the number six batting slot is up for grabs.

Meanwhile, Broad and Anderson are at the peak of their powers with the ball and Tim Bresnan has slotted into the third seamer’s role with aplomb. Andy Flower will be especially content with Bresnan’s solid contributions as his batting ability will be needed at some stage against South Africa.