ENG v WI, No game was possible on day 3 in Manchester, leaving England only two days to play West Indies twice to maintain hope of a series win.
ENG v WI 2nd Test Day 3 Report
The second day ended with West Indies 32/1 in response to England’s 469 / 9d, hoping to build an unassailable 2-0 lead. The rain during the third day almost guaranteed that the West Indies would not win this test, but the weather also caused England to face a tough proposal to force a result at all.
Although the bowlers have offered plenty of support so far – with some sharp turns and jump for the spinners and fast bowlers who routinely find enough movement through the air to hit the edge of the racket – Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes have both shown this on this Long beating is possible.
Stokes lasted just over eight hours overall, while Sibley fell after occupying the crease only four to ten hours. If West Indian batsmen approached these numbers, England would have little time to push for a serial win, and visitors would be confident that they would continue to own the Wisden Trophy, which they had secured at home February 2019.
In this case, it is the first time since 1995 that the West Indies have kept the Cup in England when they drew the series 2-2 with six games after winning 3-1 in the Caribbean the previous year. If England did not win the third test then Jason Holder’s team would be the first West Indian team to win a series of tests in England since 1988.
In this series, Viv Richards led a team with Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Jeffrey Dujon, and Malcolm Marshall to a 4-0 win over an English team led by four different players in the five tests.