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Rain wipes out second day of England-Windies Test

AFP, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

A cricket ball sits in a puddle as rain delays the start of play in the third Test yesterday between England and the West Indies in Birmingham, England.

Photo: Reuters

Rain saw play abandoned without a ball being bowled for the second successive day in the third and final Test between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston yesterday.

It was the first time since 1964, during an Ashes clash between England and Australia at Lord’s, that the first two days of a Test in England been washed out without a ball being bowled.

After a fourth straight session was wiped out, the decision was taken by the match officials — with rain still falling — shortly after the end of the scheduled lunch break at 1.50pm to abandon play for the day.

No play was possible because of heavy rains that left huge puddles on the outfield.

As the toss has yet to take place, neither side have named their team.

England have an unbeatable 2-0 lead in this three-match Test series.

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