The 4th day of the third and final Test match of the Wisden Trophy between England and West Indies has been officially called off due to rain at Manchester, Old Trafford.
England needs to take 8 wickets to claim the Wisden Trophy while the Windies need to get 389 runs or draw the test match to retain the trophy.
England and West Indies will go on the final day with the series level at 1-1. If West Indies win which looks quite a long road or draw they will retain as they have beaten England last year in the Caribbean.
England declared on 226/2 giving a huge 399 target for Windies to chase, in reply Windies lost 2 quick wickets in the form of opening batsman John Campbell who didn’t have a nice series and Nightwatchman Kemar Roach which saw them reeling at 10/2 in 6 overs at the end of Day 3.
Earlier, West Indies Captain Jason Holder won the toss and elected to field first. England came into the final test on the back of 113 runs win in the 2nd test. They made 2 changes in their line up with Archer and Anderson coming in place of Sam Curran and Zak Crawley. While the West Indies dropped Alzaari Joseph to bring in allrounder Rakheem Cornwall.
The match started as usual with both side bending their knees to show support for the Black Lives matter movement. England posted a huge 369 runs in their first innings with Ollie Pope being the major contributor with the bat smashing 91 runs before he was bowled by Shannon Gabriel.
He along with Jos Butter (69) whose place in the side was raising concern made a 140 run-stand for the 5th wicket before it was broken by Gabriel.
England was reeling on 122/4 at one stage and but this partnership between Pope and Buttler saved England from a Collapse.
Well, West Indies did comeback in the 2nd day restricting England at. But Stuart broad had another plan as he showed his all-round skills with a quickfire 65 to ensure that England gets over 350.
West Indies didn’t have the best of start with Broad and Anderson doing the early damage with Woakes and Archer chipping in which saw West Indies struggling at 110-6 but they eventually managed to avoid the follow on the back of Holder (46) & Dowrich (37) before the hosts wrapped up the visitors on 197 which helped them get a hefty lead of 172 runs. Stuart Broad was the standout bowler claiming 6-31.
England batsmen came out with Sibley (56) and Burns (90) giving a solid foundation that saw Captain Joe root smoking a quickfire 68 runs in 56 balls before England declared at 226/2 in 58 overs in the last hour of the play, making sure Windies face some overs which saw them struggling at 10/2 at stumps with Broad providing the early breakthrough as he is just 1 wicket away from claiming 500.
Play abandoned for the day here at Emirates Old Trafford.
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The weather predictions are better tomorrow but nothing can be said about the predictions. According to reports, Day 5 promises to be bright and sunny and England needs 8 wickets to win the series and lift the Wisden Trophy while West Indies will look for a draw.