August 5, 2021

Rain ruins day one of ICC World Test Final

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India have already named their team, which includes spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, but can change their XI before the toss at the Ageas Bowl; New Zealand are yet to decide on the make-up of their starting XI

Last Updated: 18/06/21 4:10pm

An India fan surveys the sodden scene at the Ageas Bowl An India fan surveys the sodden scene at the Ageas Bowl

An India fan surveys the sodden scene at the Ageas Bowl

Relentless rain resulted in day one of the inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand to be abandoned without a ball bowled.

The morning session at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton was quickly wiped out and while a small proportion of the limited 4,000 crowd hung around in the hope of seeing some action as the day progressed, there was never any realistic hope of play.

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The inevitable decision was made by umpires Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth at 2.48pm, with the players set to return on Saturday morning.

A reserve day has been built into the planning of the event but a decision on whether or not to activate the extra time will be made later in the match depending on how much additional time is lost.

Join us for live coverage of day two of the ICC World Test Championship from 10am on Saturday on Sky Sports Cricket.