BIRMINGHAM (UK), June 11 (AFP): Rain had the final say as the third and final Test between England and the West Indies ended in a draw at Edgbaston here today.
In a match where three days out of a possible five were washed out, it was no surprise neither side had got in a position to force victory.
And, after yet more rain, the umpires finally called the game off shortly before 3.15pm local time (1415GMT) following no play at all on the final day.
The draw gave England, who’d already retained the Wisden Trophy, a 2-0 win in this three-match series after five-wicket and nine-wicket wins at Lord’s and Trent Bridge respectively.
Overnight, England were 221 for five in reply to West Indies’ first innings 426, a deficit of 205 runs and needing a further 56 to avoid the follow-on.
Ian Bell, attempting to become the first Warwickshire batsman to score a Test hundred on his Edgbaston home ground, was left on 76 not out and nightwatchman Steven Finn nought not out.
West Indies 1st innings: 426
England 1st innings (overnight: 221-5) Strauss c Bravo b Best 17, Cook lbw b Rampaul 4, Trott b Sammy 17, Pietersen c Sammy b Samuels 78, Bell not out 76, Bairstow b Best 18, Finn not out 0. Extras: (b1, lb7, nb3) 11. Total: (5 wkts, 58 overs) 221. Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-40, 3-49, 4-186, 5-215. Bowling: Best 12-2-37-2; Rampaul 14-1-55-1; Sammy 8-1-22-1; Narine 15-1-70-0; Samuels 9-0-29-1.