LIVE: England v West Indies – the action on day three of the third Test at Edgbaston
11:01 GMT, 9 June 2012
Stay up to date with all the action on day three of the third Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Edgbaston while our team of writers will update with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to email@example.com
England v West Indies: Essentials
ENGLAND: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Graham Onions.
WEST INDIES: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Darren Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy, Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ).
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14th over: West Indies 31-0 (Barath 8, Powell 16)
One from Onions' over. And it's time for drinks. Given the weather, i imagine the players will want a cup of tea/coffee and pour it into their socks to warm up their frozen tootsies.
13th over: West Indies 30-0 (Barath 8, Powell 16)
It's fancy dress day at Edgbaston. Can't stand it myself. I'm no snob, just you put all that effort in, receive a little laugh and then have to spend the rest of the day looking like a plum. Bah hambug, etc. Two singles from Finn's over.
12th over: West Indies 28-0 (Barath 7, Powell 15)
Powell dabs the ball between third slip and gully, Jonny Bairstow gives chase and stops it just shy of the boundary courtesy of an athletic dive… much to the crowd's delight. That's the third three of the morning thus far – proving just how much moisture there is in the outfield.
11th over: West Indies 25-0 (Barath 7, Powell 12)
Edgbaston have shifted 17,000 tickets for today's play, a decent crowd and they are all wrapped up warm against the chilly conditions. A two jumper day. Or jumper and jacket combo required to combat the chilly weather. Not a day to be spent mooching around fine leg trying to keep the blood flowing through your fingers. Powell pushes back down the ground for three.
10th over: West Indies 21-0 (Barath 7, Powell 9)
Review! Graham Onions changes ends and very nearly makes the breakthrough. Brath is beaten by one which nips back in at him. there's a huge appeal but umpire Tony Hill shakes his head. Strauss take it upstairs but the ball is only clipping the top of the off bail. Decision stays with the on-field umpire and England lose a review. The first runs are added in five overs: Four leg byes and two for Barath through midwicket.
9th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)
First bowling change of the morning. Here comes Steven Finn to bang it into the track, Onions makes way. More talk of how good the bowling track remains. 'The groundstaff were working right through the night', chimes Sir Beef. It's a good start for Finn who keeps Powell back in his crease, watching successive deliveries slide wide of his off stump. Maiden.
8th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)
There's another six deliveries without a run. Maiden for Bresnan.
7th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)
Another maiden. Onions looks anguished as – for a split second – he thinks he's trapped Barath lbw. But there was an inside edge. If you have anything you would like to share today, my email address is at the top of the page. Anything you like. Recent test results. Bank account details. S'up to you.
6th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)
Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden over for Bresnan.
5th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)
Dropped! After a rather mundane opening spell, it finally starts to happen for Onions. But Ian Bell can't take the catch at third slip. The delivery pitches on off, jags away enough to take Barath's outside edge… but the chance was shelled. Bell is Jimmy Anderson's replacement in the slip cordon, by the way. Just saying.
Dropped: Bell looks rueful after shelling a decent chance at third slip
4th over: West Indies 14-0 (Barath 4, Powell 9)
Howizaaaaaaaaaaaaat! Bresnan goes on a one-man appeal after he believes Powell has edged behind. The umpire shakes his head, the slip cordon stare at their feet, avoiding eye contact with the bowler. Powell finds his revenge with the following delivery which is thumped back down the ground, through the sluggish outfield for four more.
3rd over: West Indies 10-0 (Barath 4, Powell 5)
Shot! Onions dips one in full on off stump which is punched through mid-off by Powell. Finn sprints into action and just cuts the ball off from going for four. Credit to the West indies who are happy to play their shots in these early exchanges.
2nd over: West Indies 7-0 (Barath 4, Powell 2)
And here's Tim Bresnan to join Onions in the attack… but forget the details, Barath starts the over with a stunning flash through cover. Bresnan's first delivery was a touch full and dispatched to the rope in the flash of an eye. Four runs!
1st over: West Indies 3-0 (Barath 0, Powell 2)
'An unpleasant day for cricket. Blustery and very cold', enthuses Michael Atherton. Credit to the 17,000 fans who have paid their money to watch the action today, the chaps at Edgbaston will be happy when we reach the 25 over mark and they will no longer be liable for yet more refunds. graham onions it is who opens the attack, he slides one onto Barath's hips for a leg bye and Powell pushes a couple towards cover.
10.56: Players and officials are making their way out on to the pitch. Looks like we'll have some cricket presently. Hurrah!
10.53: We have – at best – three day's play to look forward to in Birmingham, but Bumble is in bullish mood. 'England have a fantastic chance of winning this, given the conditions'.
10.50: Ticket news from the chaps at Edgbaston: 'Everyone who buys a ticket from today or already had purchased a ticket for day four will receive a complimentary ticket for day five.'
10.48: Andrew Strauss sported a huge grin as he announced England would have a bowl. And why not
The covers have been firmly ensconced over the square for two days, plenty of juice in the track for Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions to swing it. Although Steven Finn may be asked to open the attack. Darren Sammy looked rueful, he says he would have taken the cherry this morning, too.
In a spin: Andrew Strauss wins the toss and elects to bowl
10.42: We knew about Jimmy, had an inkling Broad would be rested, too. But look at all those changes in the Windies' team. Four changes in total; debuts for Fudadin and Narine, plus 'Mind the Windows' Tino Best and Narsingh Deonarine are back.
10.35: BREAKING NEWS: England have won the toss and elected to bowl. Two changes to the team: James Anderson and Stuart Broad are out for Graham Onions and Steven Finn.
10.34: It was, in fact, the worst weather to blight a Test match since 1964. No lie. Credit to all the ground staff at Edgbaston that we have a playing surface ready for action.
10.30am: Morning all and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day three of the third Test. An incredible 80mm of rain over the last two days has put the kybosh on the action thus far but I can reveal (drum roll) we will be off and on time this morning. Super.
We're expecting more team changes as the captains allow frontline bowlers and batsmen a rest and hand those on the peripheries a chance.
The bad news which follows the good news of today's weather is that days four and five look just as rank as the opening two. Today could be our only chance to force a result!
Let's enjoy it while we can. News of the toss is imminent and the action will be underway from 11am.
Saturated: Edgbaston was rain-soaked once more on day two