ENGLAND failed in their race against time to dismiss West Indies as the third Test ended in a nailbiting draw at the Antigua Recreation Ground last night.
Andrew Strauss’ team remain 1-0 behind in the Test series after West Indies’ last pair Daren Powell and Fidel Edwards saw out the final 10 overs.
West Indies closed on 370-9, with four scheduled overs remaining, when the offer of bad light by umpires Daryl Harper and Rudi Koertzen was taken.
Strauss admitted it felt like a defeat, but defended his decision not to enforce the follow-on.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Strauss said: “It’s pretty tough to take. We had to work exceptionally hard for our wickets.
“I thought we’d just done enough. The guys dug very deep; (Andrew) Flintoff was bowling on one leg, so to get very close is a great effort.”
England remain down in the series with two matches to play, but Strauss believes the tourists can still claim victory.
“From the time we turned up here through to the end of play, we’ve played some exceptional cricket – and if we continue to do that, I believe we’ll come out on top,” he added.