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Only Rain Can Deny England Series Win Against West Indies

Only Rain Can Deny England Series Win Against West Indies Photo: TT
The pitch area is seen covered after rain delayed start of the play on the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between England and West Indies at Old Trafford

England will need to take eight wickets on the final day of the Third and final Test match against the West Indies after day four was washed out on a wet Manchester day.

The West Indies had been reduced to 2-10 after England set them a final innings target of 399 to win on the third day, with the imminent threat of rain.

Play never got underway on the fourth day, much to England’s frustration, with heavy showers lashing Manchester’s Old Trafford.

Stuart Broad had taken two wickets late on day three, after a six-wicket haul as the West Indies were skittled for 197 in their first innings.

England had amassed 369 after batting first with youngster Ollie Pope making 91, while Jos Buttler added 67 and Broad chipped in with 62 down the order.

With rain looming, England rammed home their advantage in the second innings led by Rory Burns who posted 90 before his dismissal led to skipper Joe Root opted to declare at 2-226 with an overall lead of 398.

The West Indies had won the First Test of the series in Southampton before England levelled it up last week at Manchester.

However, a draw will be enough for the West Indies to retain the Wisden Trophy, having won their previous series on home turf last year.

The final day of play has 98 overs available for England to bowl out the tourists and the Manchester forecast for Tuesday is for light rain.

Kraigg Brathwaite (2no) and Shai Hope (4no) will resume at the crease, with opener John Campbell and nightwatchman Kemar Roach dismissed by Broad late on day three.

Broad and Jimmy Anderson will likely open with the ball after bowling three threatening overs each in that day three period.

Ben somerford
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