England vs West Indies

Match info: England v West Indies Test Series 2012 at Edgbaston - 3rd Test

Date: 11th Jun 2012 Status: Day 5 of 5 Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and A L Hill

Home team and score Away team score

England

221/5 (58.0 Overs)

Result

West Indies

426 All out (129.3 Overs)

Match Drawn

  • Last Updated: June 12 2012, 20:47 BST

Captain Andrew Strauss felt England lacked intensity in their third-Test draw with the West Indies but was happy with England's performance in the series win.

Strauss: Says England lacked intensity
Strauss: Says England lacked intensity

Rain wiped out the first two days at Edgbaston and Strauss admitted his side struggled to get into their full rhythm in what play was possible, with the final day a complete washout.

The most glaring example of that lack in intensity came yesterday when, having reduced the tourists to 283 for nine by dismissing Ravi Rampaul in the first over, an unfamiliar bowling attack allowed Denesh Ramdin and Tino Best to put on 143 for the last wicket, with Best's thrilling 95 a world record for a Test number 11.

The absence of England's regular new-ball pair, with James Anderson rested and Stuart Broad suffering slightly with illness, played its part and several catches went down but while Strauss acknowledged the need to improve, he preferred to take the positives from a 2-0 series win.

"Obviously we played enough good cricket in those first two Test matches to win them reasonably comfortably," he said.

"This Test match was frustrating for all sorts of reasons, clearly the rain wiping out the first two days doesn't help with the intensity of the cricket and we certainly didn't get everything right when we were out there in the field.

"But I think by and large we are very happy to have won the series. The West Indies have got some dangerous players there, we were able to overcome that challenge and we obviously go into our next Test assignment in pretty good fettle and feeling pretty confident.

"We are also aware that there are definitely areas in which we need to improve. It wasn't a perfect performance by us, in the little play we did have, and that is frustrating. Obviously we dropped a few catches and you don't want to be in a situation where number 11 gets 95 all that often!"

The last-wicket pair's heroics lifted the Windies' total to 426 and England had to recover from 49 for three in reply, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell leading the fightback with a fourth-wicket stand of 137.

Pietersen crashed 78 from just 81 balls, as if to emphasise the impact of his retirement from the limited-overs side, and Bell - his replacement as opener in a 14-man one-day international squad named today, made a fluent unbeaten 76.

Strauss had praise for both men as well as Graham Onions and Steven Finn, who shared seven wickets after replacing Anderson and Broad.

"I think it was quite a good toss to win and if we had bundled West Indies out cheaply we had a great chance of winning the game," he said.

"But they played well, there were a number of partnerships throughout their order.

"If we had bowled them out for 280-odd that would have been a good performance. But that 10th-wicket stand took our opportunity of winning the game out of the window and we had to fight quite hard to make sure they didn't have an opportunity to win the game.

"We found ourselves under a bit of pressure with the bat, but there were still some good performances.

"I think KP and Belly batted very well, I thought Finn and Onions acquitted themselves exceptionally well and it was good to have them back in the side."

Opposite number Darren Sammy was also upbeat with his side's performances but admitted they need to sustain them for longer.

"We competed but we didn't compete for long enough over an extended period of time and hence we lost 2-0," he said.

"Looking at the three Test matches, we scored over 320 (in an innings in each Test) with our top order not contributing. To do that was a plus for us.

"I remember watching England against India, and India had a strong batting line-up and India didn't get 300 in 10 innings I think, so credit to the guys who went out there and performed well for the team.

"We competed against Australia and should have won and at crucial moments we faltered and crumbled, and that's what happened again in England.

"If you subtract the sessions when we were really bad, we were up there competing."

He was especially pleased with the truncated two days of action in Birmingham, where Best and centurion Ramdin built on the effort of Marlon Samuels (76) to put their side in a strong position.

Samuels was named as the West Indies' man of the series after making 386 runs at an average of 96.50.

Sammy said: "The sessions of play we got, we dominated - the way Tino Best and Ramdin played for us, not forgetting Marlon and the way he batted throughout the series.

"We said we would come here with a never-say-die attitude and that last-wicket partnership was just a perfect example. It was great to watch and on that same flat wicket we got five wickets. With more play, you never know what could happen."

Best's display enlivened what could have been a damp squib and Sammy added: "We all know what Tino Best is like. Whatever he does, you can guarantee it will be exciting and full of drama.

"I remember in the morning, when we were warming up, the coach said 'Tino, I need a 25 from you today and I am not talking about 25 overs - I know you can give me that'.

"And he went out there and gave the coach 95, that was really pleasing to watch."