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Rain proving a pain at Edgbaston

Posted in England v West Indies 2012

Edgbaston rain

Conditions at Edgbaston have been more suited to water polo than cricket

You may have noticed that has moved into the world of live text commentary this summer.

In recent weeks, my colleagues have typed away furiously from Lord’s and Trent Bridge (or at least that’s what they have told me!) in order to provide regular updates on the Investec Tests between England and West Indies.

Having kept a close eye on their efforts, I had been looking forward to having a go myself.

However, the weather at Edgbaston has so far prevented me from describing so much as a single delivery. Instead, I have been reduced to sporadic updates on the unseasonably high level of precipitation in Birmingham. My employers may as well have sent along Michael Fish.

All cricket lovers - particularly those in this country - are used to rain getting in the way of their fun, but it is rare for the start of a match to be delayed to the extent it has this week.

Indeed, the last time the first two days of a Test in England fell victim to the elements was in 1964, when England and Australia had to wait to get under way at Lord’s.

At this venue 20 years ago, there was no play on the opening day between England and Pakistan, and only two balls were possible 24 hours later.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, that encounter ended in a draw, a scenario that has become increasingly likely here as the drizzle continues to fall.

Ever the optimist, I retain hope that a cricket match will break out at some stage, and it should be noted that the weather forecast for tomorrow is much more encouraging.

For the time being, though, all we can do is sit and wait. How very frustrating.

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