July 18, 2020 / 10:49 AM / 23 days ago

Third day of test abandoned as rain washes out play

Cricket - Second Test - England v West Indies - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - July 18, 2020 General view of rain covers on the pitch inside the stadium before the start of play, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Jon Super/Pool via REUTERS

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Play was abandoned without a ball being bowled on the third day of the second test between England and the West Indies as rain fell persistently over Old Trafford on Saturday.

The umpires took the decision at 4 p.m. — three hours before the scheduled close — but better weather is forecast for Sunday’s fourth day.

The West Indies will resume on 32-1, with Kraigg Brathwaite on six and nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph on 14.

They are still 437 runs behind after England declared their first innings on 469 for nine, seeking to level the series after losing the first test in Southampton.

Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ed Osmond

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