Play washed out again as Windies-India Test heads for draw

Play washed out again as Windies-India Test heads for draw

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Phil Simmons (L), head coach of West Indies, and Anil Kumble (2nd L), head coach of India, walk off the field after the pitch inspection by umpires Nigel Llong (C) and Rod Tucker (2nd R) at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Sunday. — AFP

PORT OF SPAIN — Play was abandoned without a ball being bowled for a third consecutive day on the scheduled fourth day of the fourth and final Test between the West Indies and India at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad Sunday.

Umpires Nigel Llong and Rod Tucker determined that the repair work being undertaken on a saturated outfield eliminated any chance of play despite almost continuous sunshine over the previous two days.

Only 22 overs have been bowled so far in the match with the West Indies reaching 62 for two before lunch on the first day, before the weather and developing problems with the saturated ground ruined the fixture completely.

India leads the series 2-0, but must win the fourth Test if it is to avoid relinquishing its world No. 1 status to Pakistan.

With just one day to play, a draw is almost a certainty.

No play possible in Durban

A wet outfield prevented any play on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingsmead Sunday.

New Zealand remained on 15 for two in reply to South Africa’s first innings total of 263.

Rain, which started falling at lunchtime Saturday, continued through Saturday and into Sunday morning. Although the sun was shining at the scheduled resumption of play, there were extensive wet, muddy areas on a field which was re-seeded in June and was flooded by a freak storm in July.

After an inspection by the umpires at midday (1000 GMT), it was announced that underfoot conditions remained treacherous, with water coming up to the surface. Following a further inspection two hours later, it was decided conditions would not improve in time for play to get under way.

Willey out of Pakistan ODI series

England all-rounder David Willey has been ruled out of the forthcoming one-day series against Pakistan after injuring his left hand, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Sunday.

Willey, 26, hurt himself while playing for Yorkshire during England’s T20 Finals Day Saturday and an X-ray Sunday suggested he could have suffered a significant injury.

He will undergo a further scan and be assessed by a consultant Monday. He has been withdrawn from England’s ODI squad until the extent of his injury is known.

Willey’s place in the squad will be taken by Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball.

The England squad will convene in Southampton before the first match of a five-match series at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.

The Test series between the countries was drawn 2-2. — Agencies

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