Flower says result still possible despite rain

Updated: 01 August 2009 16:24 IST

England coach Andy Flower said a result is still possible in the third Ashes Test against Australia despite rain ensuring no play was possible on Day 3.

Flower says result still possible despite rain
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Birmingham, England:

England coach Andy Flower said a result is still possible in the third Ashes test against Australia despite rain ensuring no play was possible on the third day on Saturday after most of the opening day was also washed out.

England, which leads 1-0 in the five-match series, is currently 116-2 in reply to Australia first-innings 263 at Edgbaston.

With two days left and showers expected on the final two days, more dramatic cricket will be required in a game that saw Australia lose nine wickets for only 137 runs on Friday.

"It's a shame for everyone that the rain has washed out so much play," Flower said. "Looking at the (saturated) outfield, I'm not too sure how much play we are going to get in tomorrow, maybe 70 overs according to (groundsman) Steve Rouse.

"But we have seen already here how quickly things can happen in a game. A result is definitely possible. How that happens we will have to see how both sides play. We will have to bat well on Sunday and see how far ahead we can get. We've got two hopefully full-ish days of cricket to come."

New Australian opening batsman Shane Watson, who top-scored with 62 but was dismissed on the first ball Friday morning, said his team cannot waste any wicket-taking opportunities and need to be at the top of its game.

"I think there's a possibility (of a result) but I'm not exactly sure how it's going to pan out," he said. "For us to win, we are going to have to bowl very well to give ourselves a chance.

"Because we are 1-0 down we can't afford to have too many draws. When we get out there tomorrow, we are going to have to be at our best to get these last eight wickets."

The first test in Cardiff was drawn and England won the second test at Lord's by 115 runs. There are two matches remaining, at Leeds and The Oval.

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