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England's victory push halted by washout on day three
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England's victory push halted by washout on day three

Relentless rain in Manchester has deprived England of the opportunity to press for a victory in the second Test against West Indies as the third day of the ongoing contest failed to witness a single delivery.

Covers on the Old Trafford pitch barely moved an inch throughout the damp day as the umpires finally called stumps two hours ahead of the scheduled closing time.

England now face an uphill task of bagging 19 wickets in two days in order to level the series and have a shot at regaining the Wisden Trophy, which is currently in the possession of the tourists.

West Indies will resume proceedings on day four at their overnight score of 32-1 with opener John Campbell back in the pavilion. Sam Curran was the bowler who provided the breakthrough for England as the hosts would be looking forward to bundling out their opponents for a paltry score in reply to the mammoth 469-9 declared.

Although West Indies skipper Jason Holder put England in to bat first to take advantage of the overcast conditions, Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley punished the visitors with exceptional knocks.

The two were involved in a 260-run stand as both scored centuries to hammer West Indies into submission.

However, the washout on day three leaves England's bowlers little time to secure a win following their four-wicket defeat to West Indies in the series opener.

England will be assisted by the pace attack comprising of Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Curran and Stokes while Dom Bess is the team's frontline spinner.

Talking about the challenging battle that awaits his side, all-rounder Stokes remarked that England still had a realistic chance of prevailing over the West Indies given the clear weather forecast for the next two days.

"It's looking like we'll have to take 19 wickets in two days," Stokes told Sky Sports.

"But the wicket has offered something throughout the whole Test so far.

"And we know that once we get on a roll, anything is possible with the bowling attack we have."