Monday 11 June 2012 

Edgbaston Test Finally Abandoned As A Draw

Edgbaston Test Finally Abandoned As A Draw
Edgbaston Test Finally Abandoned As A Draw
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West Indies 426 (Ramdin 107no, Best 95) drew with
England 221-5 (Pietersen 78, Bell 76no)
Third Test, Edgbaston
Scorecard | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

The awful Birmingham weather returned to rule out any play on the final day of the third and final Test between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston.

The drawn match meant England took a 2-0 series win following victories by five and nine wickets at Lord's and Trent Bridge.

The opening two days of the game were also washed out - the first time that two days of a home Test had been lost to weather since 1964.

Denesh Ramdin's 107 not out and Tino Best's sparkling 95 lit up proceedings on day four as the West Indies posted 426 all out before England closed on 221 for five.

Ramdin, however, was fined 20 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching the Code of Conduct.

Upon reaching his second Test century, he produced a piece of paper which had a message criticising former West Indian captain Sir Vivian Richards, something the ICC were unhappy with.

"It is important that we do not allow a precedent to be set with such a premeditated celebration by Mr Ramdin," match referee Ranjan Madugalle said.

"We all understand the importance of celebrating a milestone, however, one should not use that time as an opportunity to hit out at one’s critic or send messages to the world.

"I hope Mr Ramdin has learnt his lesson from this incident and that we will not see such behaviour by him or any player in the future when celebrating an achievement within a game of international cricket."

Ramdin pleaded guilty to the charge having already expressed his regret at the action at the close of the penultimate day.

© Cricket World 2012

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