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FOURTH DAY WASHOUT LEAVES BROAD ON 499 WICKETS

England's hopes of a series-clinching victory over the West Indies and Stuart Broad's pursuit of a 500th Test wicket were frustrated by rain as play was washed out without a ball bowled on day four at Old Trafford.

The covers remained defiantly in place throughout the day as persistent, heavy showers set in over Manchester, halting the home side's charge after they dominated with bat and ball on Sunday.

The match officials accepted the inevitable shortly after 4pm local time.

Having set the Windies a notional target of 399, Broad reduced them to 2-10 with his seventh and eighth wickets of the match.

That took the 34-year-old seamer to 499 career scalps and it is now a question of when, not if, he joins teammate James Anderson in the exclusive 500 club.

- AAP.

While Stuart Broad will no doubt be remembered as one of the best English fast bowlers, Many Australian Cricket fans may still remember this.