Ashes 3rd Test, England vs Australia Day 3

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Rain, Rain, f@#king Rain . . . A famous philosopher once said that you can’t have a rainbow without the rain, Dolly Parton I think it was.

That may very well be the case, but it’s crap for cricket. And that was the story of day 3 at Edgbaston. After a series of inspections Umpires Rudi Koertzen and Aleem Dar finally called it a day at 2.40pm.

So what does this mean for the rest of this match or the rest of this series?

The match . . . is now surely destined to be a draw. While the play in between the showers has been fast forwarded, 12 wickets in 3 and a half sessions, the forecast for Monday is further showers. Although Sunday looks like being sunny and dry, the groundsmen have got a mighty task on their hands to get everything sorted by then. Word has it that Steve Rouse, the most famous groundsman in the world, hasn’t slept for 96 hours.

In terms of the series . . . the Aussies will be happy to see more and more rain as they were not exactly in a position to fathom winning in Birmingham. They can rest safe in the knowledge that they only need to sneak a victory in the final 2 games to retain the Ashes. For England this is an opportunity missed. If they did claim an unlikely victory against their tough opposition mother nature, a 2 0 lead with Australia needing to take 40 wickets in two games would surely put them as runaway favourites for the series.

Maybe this bleak outlook is jumping the gun bigtime. Considering we have only had 107 overs of play in three days a lot of wickets have fallen. A full day Sunday and a cheeky session in Monday could have cricket fans singing in the rain. Who knows? I certainly don’t!


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