The first day’s play of the fourth and final Test between England and West Indies was a complete wash out without a single ball bowled. There was no chance of a toss as well with heavy rain pouring down all the day at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. The rain might have robbed the cricket but for the fans, the ECB will be giving a full refund for their tickets.
England have already this Series having won the second and third Tests at Leeds and Old Trafford respectively. The first Test at Lord’s was drawn with batsmen on both sides having a feast on a flat track. At Leeds, Windies succumbed to the swing of the comeback man – left armer Ryan Sidebottom to go along with the tragic injury to their skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan. Windies suffered their worst ever defeat in their history.
The third Test at Old Trafford finally saw the Windies competing with a promising fight in their first innings which was spoilt by Monty Panesar. In England’s second innings, debutant Darren Sammy bowled outstandingly well to capture as many as seven wickets but the target for the West Indies was about 450 which was too tough. But surprisingly England felt the heat because of a surprising resistance coming from the West Indian batsmen led by Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Eventually Monty Panesar spun the English to victory. Now with four days still left in the last test, there is enough time for England to make it 3-0 but then it depends on the weather.