West Indies Battle As Edgbaston Test Gets Underway
West Indies 280-8 (Samuels 76) v England
Third Test, Edgbaston, day three
Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin scored half-centuries as the third and final Test between England and the West Indies finally got underway at Edgbaston.
After the opening two days were abandoned due to rain, the tourists closed on 280 for eight with Ramdin unbeaten on 60.
Samuels made 76 after England won the toss and decided to field first, recalling Graham Onion and Steven Finn as Stuart Broad was rested.
The West Indies replaced Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shane Shillingford and Kemar Roach with Assad Fudadin, Narsingh Deonarine, Sunil Narine and Tino Best.
They made a positive start with Adrian Barath making 41, Kieran Powell 24 and Fudadin a patient 28 on debut. Tim Bresnan dismissed the latter two before Onions marked his return to the side with the wicket of Barath just after lunch, who had by then been dropped twice by Ian Bell at third slip.
He then removed Deonarine and Finn had Darren Bravo caught and bowled for six as England reduced the West Indies to 152 for five.
Throughout this series, Samuels has been the man - along with the now absent Chanderpaul - to take the side out of danger and he played that role again.
He joined forces with Ramdin, hitting 76 in 114 balls while Ramdin added useful runs with Darren Sammy (16) and Narine (11) before England fought back to finish the day strongly.
Bresnan trapped Samuels in front to return three for 74, Onions finished the day with three for 56 and Finn two for 65.
England lead the series 2-0.
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