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Rain clears, England to bowl

2012-06-09 12:11

Birmingham - England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to field against the West Indies in the third and final Test at Edgbaston on Saturday.

In a match where the first two days had been washed out without a ball being bowled, both teams made changes to the teams that played in the second Test at Trent Bridge, where England's nine-wicket win gave them an unbeatable 2-0 lead in this three-match series.

England, having left James Anderson out of their 12-man squad in order to give him a rest ahead of the South Africa Test series, also gave his new-ball partner Stuart Broad a break.

In their places came fellow seamers Steven Finn and Graham Onions.

Finn played the last of his 13 Tests against Sri Lanka in Colombo in April and Onions, capped eight times by England, was playing his first Test since appearing against South Africa at Cape Town in 2010.

The West Indies made four changes.

Assad Fudadin was given a Test debut in place of struggling batsman Kirk Edwards, who had made four ducks in eight innings this tour, while Narsingh Deonarine came in for injured middle-order mainstay Shivnarine Chanderpaul, out with a side strain.

And the tourists also made two alterations to their bowling attack, with 'mystery' spinner Sunil Narine given a Test debut in place of fellow slow bowler Shane Shillingford.

Meanwhile fast bowler Tino Best was recalled for his first Test in nearly three years after Kemar Roach was ruled out of the tour with a shin injury.

Teams:

England:

Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Graham Onions, Steven Finn

West Indies:

Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Darren Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (captain), Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) and Tony Hill (NZL)

TV umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)

AFP