BIRMINGHAM, England: Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin both scored fifties as West Indies reached 280 for eight against England at stumps on the third day of the third Test at Edgbaston here on Saturday.
Samuels followed his hundred in England’s nine-wicket second Test win at Trent Bridge with a stylish 76 as this match finally got underway after the first two days had been washed out without a ball being bowled. West Indies, who had been a solid 85 for one at lunch, slumped to 152 for five but rallied thanks to a sixth-wicket stand of 56 between Samuels and wicketkeeper Ramdin.
At the close, Ramdin was 60 not out after completing a 97-ball half-century with six fours. Ravi Rampaul was unbeaten on two. Graham Onions marked his recall to Test duty in the absence of rested paceman James Anderson and Stuart Broad with three wickets for 56 runs in 24 overs while Tim Bresnan took three for 74 in 26.
Samuels, banned for two years for betting offences in 2008, was delighted by his latest innings. “Right now, this is my time to enjoy myself, my time to shine,” he told reporters after stumps.
Onions and Steven Finn both played after England rested new-ball duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad.