Weather wrecks 2nd day
BIRMINGHAM, England – Another day of rain in the West Midlands forced the abandonment of play for the second straight day in the third and final Test between England and West Indies on Friday here.
Umpires Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka and Tony Hill of New Zealand had little hesitation calling play off about 10 minutes after the scheduled lunch interval, when it was clear there would be no improvement in the weather.
Thursday’s opening day was also abandoned without a ball bowled, and the adverse weather has now effectively reduced the Edgbaston contest to a three-day affair.
It is the first time in 48 years the first two days of a Test in England has been washed out.
The weather outlook for the weekend appears brighter and has offered hope for play on the remaining days, though there are concerns about areas of the ground which remain soggy.
Friday’s washout may have bought the Windies time to get Shivnarine Chanderpaul fit for the game, after the veteran left-hander went to hospital on Thursday for a scan on a side strain.
If he does not play, it will mean the end of his tour as he takes no part in the limited-overs series starting next week.
West Indies trail 0-2 in the three-Test series, following a five-wicket loss at Lord’s and a nine-wicket defeat at Trent Bridge.