By CricketCountry Staff
Birmingham: Jun 7, 2012
Due to persistent rains, no play was possible on the first two days as heavy rains lashed Birmingham. England won the toss on Day three and decided to field first.
West Indies will look to salvage pride in the third and final Test against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thursday.
England, who have already clinched the series have rested their premier fast bowler James Anderson, a decision which has attracted mixed reactions. Team manager and Coach Andy Flower will have a look at his bowling reserves with Steve Finn replacing James Anderson and Graham Onions in place of Stuart Broad. West made a surpirse decision leaving out their top batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the final Test.
On the other front West Indies too are expected to make changes in their playing XI with Sunil Narine set for his maiden debut after a sparkling performance in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).
Even in batting Kierk Edwards has struggled through the tour. His nightmare trip continued when he was out for a fourth duck of the tour against Leicestershire last weekend.
Edwards has managed just 20 runs from eight innings and West Indies may decide there is little to be lost in selecting either Narsingh Deonarine or Assad Fudadin instead. Yet Darren Sammy will have a huge task to inspire his team to put up a strong fight against the World No. 1 Test side.
West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Darren Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin(w), Darren Sammy(c), Tino Best, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul
England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Graham Onions