England target Test win over rain and Windies

ENGLAND hope their third Test against West Indies will finally begin this morning at Edgbaston after heavy rain meant yesterday’s play being abandoned without the bowling of a solitary ball.

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Tony Hill made the call yesterday afternoon, the first time such a conclusion has been reached since the 2009 Ashes at the same venue.

England have already won the series but hope to secure an overall 3-0 victory if play proceeds today, even though early weather forecasts suggest that is unlikely to be the case.

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, however, may yet benefit, as he attempts to recover from a soreness in his side.