Birmingham - The start of the third Test between
England and West Indies was delayed due to rain on Thursday, while
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior was passed fit after suffering from an
Heavy overnight rain in Birmingham prevented the
players from even practicing before the scheduled start of 12:00.
The square was totally covered while ground staff mopped
up the saturated outfield as light rain continued to fall and there was
little likelihood of a start before lunch.
was reported to have had the infection on Wednesday afternoon and
reserve keeper Steven Davies was called up as a precaution. However, on
Thursday, the England team management announced that Prior would be ok
to retain his place.
England are seeking to sweep the series 3-0
after wins at Lord's and Trent Bridge. They will make at least one
change to the team after omitting James Anderson on a rotation policy
and either Graham Onions or Steven Finn will replace him.
Indies are set to make more changes with off-spinner Sunil Narine likely
to play and Tino Best or Fidel Edwards will replace injured fast bowler
Kemar Roach.England have an unbeatable 2-0 lead in this three-match series.