The penultimate day of the third and final Test between England and West Indies was washed out without a single ball being bowled at Old Trafford, Manchester on Monday (July 27). The hosts are eight wickets away from winning the series and will hope they get a crack at the Windies batsmen on day 5.
The weather forecast is better tomorrow and if the West Indies manage to survive 98 overs, the Wisden Trophy will be theirs forever (going forward they will compete for the Richards-Botham Trophy). The home team will need at least a session to bowl out the West Indies, while the Caribbean side will hope for more assistance from the rain gods on the final day.
The onus will also be on their batting unit to bat out of their skin and retain the trophy. They have enough depth in their line-up but batting out time against a threatening England attack isn't going to be easy.
On Day 3, Stuart Broad hogged most of the limelight. The 34-year-old finished with six wickets in the first innings and then took two more in the second to demolish West Indies. Broad is now just one wicket away from becoming the fourth paceman to take 500 wickets in the longest format of the game.
The Caribbean side were bundled out for 197 in 65 overs in the morning session, conceding a 172-run first-innings lead. In the second innings, Rory Burns (90), Dominic Sibley (56) and Joe Root (68*) all hit half-centuries as England declared on 226/2 in 58 overs, setting West Indies a 399-run target in the series decider.
In response, West Indies lost John Campbell and nightwatchman Kemar Roach and were 10/2 in six overs when stumps were drawn on the third day, still needing 389 runs.