Cricket / Windies reach 280-8 vs. England
West Indies made four changes to the side that lost the second test and series at Trent Bridge.
England were left to rue a poor display in the field as West Indies reached 280-8 at stumps on day three Saturday of the third test at Edgbaston.
The hosts dropped three simple catches and were also punished for misfields and defensive field placings that saw a number of chances fly through vacant areas of the slip cordon.
The most effective bowler was Steven Finn, but his figures of 2-65 were damaged by two dropped chances. Graham Onions, who also had a chance dropped, claimed 3-56, while Tim Bresnan took 3-74.
Marlon Samuels was West Indies' top scorer with 76, from 110 balls with a six and 10 fours, while Denesh Ramdin was unbeaten on 60, from 108 balls with seven fours.
West Indies made four changes to the side that lost the second test and series at Trent Bridge. Star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ruled out with a side strain, his place taken by Narsingh Deonarine. Assad Fudadin and Sunil Narine made their test debuts, replacing Fidel Edwards and Shane Shillingford, while Tino Best came in for Kemar Roach.
England made two changes, with Stuart Broad surprisingly joining James Anderson on the sidelines and Steven Finn and Onions starting. If Anderson's exclusion was expected, the decision to also rest Broad appeared to come as a surprise to the bowler, who was seen having an animated discussion with coach Andy Flower before the start of play.
Captain Andrew Strauss said Broad had "a bit of a cold" but admitted he would have been fit to play if selected.