The inaugural World Test Championship closing suffered a setback on the outset after persistent rain meant there was no play in any respect between India and New Zealand on Friday’s opening day at Southampton. The toss ought to have taken place at 10:00 am native time (02:30 pm IST), with the match getting underneath means half-hour later, however heavy in a single day and early morning rain meant the pitch and sq. on the Hampshire Bowl remained absolutely coated. Several extra downpours hit the bottom and it was no shock when the umpires deserted play for the day at 2:48 pm (07:18 pm IST).
While a regular Test lasts a most of 5 days, this fixture will be prolonged right into a sixth day ought to match referee Chris Broad resolve that it’s the solely solution to make-up time misplaced within the sport to unhealthy climate.
But former England batsman Broad will not be known as on to make such a call till the fifth day because the match might be over earlier than then in any occasion.
This fixture, price $1.6 million to the winners and $800,000 to the runners-up, represents the end result of a two-year programme of sequence to crown a champion group in males’s Test cricket, with India and New Zealand topping the qualifying desk.
India captain Virat Kohli, nevertheless, questioned whether or not a one-off sport might resolve the world’s greatest Test aspect by saying Thursday: (*1*)
The star batsman added: “For me, this is another Test match that has to be played.”
India named their group on Thursday, with the tempo trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami in addition to spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja all included in the identical Test XI for the primary time.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, recovered from an elbow damage that noticed him miss the Blackcaps’ series-clinching win over England at Edgbaston final week, stated he would delay saying his aspect till the toss.
India too might but change their aspect, as groups do not should be confirmed till the toss takes place.
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