Eng v WI Day 3: Rain Halts England Cricket Charge

Eng v WI day 3 rain stopped play and the West Indies players would be happy not to be out there batting

Eng V WI Day 3 – Rain Strikes Again

England v WI day 3. A washout.

England will now face a race against the clock if they are to level the series at 1-1. Eng v WI Day 3 saw persistent rain. As a result, the play did not resume throughout Saturday.

Notorious for its rainy days, Manchester did not disappoint today as Old Trafford was submerged by water throughout the day. It long since seemed inevitable there would be no play possible, prior to the official abandonment at around 16.00 pm.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Members of the ground staff remove the covers as play is abandoned on Day Three of the 2nd Test Match in the #RaiseTheBat Series between England and The West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 18, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

This wash-out means England will have two days to take the 19 wickets they require to tie the three-match series at 1-1. A result which would set up the final Test, also at Old Trafford, to be a winner takes all affair.

All is as it was at the close of day two, the West Indies will begin day four on 32-1 in reply to England’s 469-9 declared. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite will resume six not out and nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph is unbeaten on 14.

England v West Indies: Day 2 Highlights

Day four sees a far better weather forecast and England will be desperate to make early breakthroughs. They look to force a result in a now limited amount of time. Joe Root will know his side now has six sessions to bowl West Indies out twice. Ideally, England would prefer not to bat themselves now that Eng v WI day 3 has been washed out.

Jofra Archer News – Eng v WI Day 3

Jofra Archer excluded from the second test match against the West Indies at Old Trafford. England Cricket.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Jofra Archer of England reacts during a England Nets Session at Emirates Old Trafford on July 14, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The only England news from Saturday was the punishment handed to Jofra Archer. The pace bowler was ruled out of this Test match, due to a breach of the secure ‘bubble’ protocols to visit his Sussex home between games. Archer has been fined and given a written warning reminding him of his future conduct following the misdemeanour.

There was however cricket action in South Africa today. At a sunny Centurion Park, the Solidarity Cup took place to mark the return to cricket in the nation.

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