After two high-octane fixtures, it will go all the way down to the decider when England and West Indies lock horns in the third and final Test match in Manchester, starting July 24, Friday.
Given that the venue remains the same, this match too is expected to be interrupted by frequent shower breaks. However, there are assurances that there would be a sufficient amount of play possible. That goes without saying that there is a possibility of rain on each and every day of the match.
Rain is expected to play a big part in the deciding Test at the Old Trafford. West Indies won the first Test in Southampton by four wickets, chasing 200 in a tightly fought final day. England bounced back in the second game, winning by 113 runs on the back of Ben Stokes’ heroics. However, it’s the visitors who have plenty to ponder going into the last match. They have history to make too: West Indies last won in England in 1988.
Weather Report (England vs West Indies 3rd Test)
The weather forecast in Manchester is not great and there are chances of heavy rain from the second day onwards. A full day’s play is expected on day 1, but there is a 90% chance of rain on day 2.
The precipitation comes down to 50% on day 3 and day 4 and 40% on day 5 which is slightly better than day 2, but it’s still not great news. The forecast at the moment suggests that a considerable amount of time will be taken out of the game by the rain.
Pitch Report (England vs West Indies 3rd Test)
Expect this to be a cracker of a contest once again. But expect the square to be a bit worn out as the previous match was played on the same ground. Even though a fresh pitch might be used, but it will surely slow down a bit. Also overcast conditions might just help the bowlers, especially the spinners. It won’t be the kind of wicket where teams would like to bat twice. So win the toss and put a big total on the board should be the motto of both the teams.