SOUTHAMPTON: Rain delayed the scheduled begin of the inaugural World Test Championship closing between India and New Zealand at Southampton on Friday, with no play earlier than lunch on the opening day.
The toss ought to have taken place at 10:00 am native time (0900 GMT), with the match getting underway 30 minutes later, however heavy in a single day and early morning rain meant the pitch and sq. on the Hampshire Bowl remained totally lined as groundstaff started the prolonged strategy of clearing floor water off the outfield.
While a typical Test lasts a most of 5 days, this fixture might be prolonged right into a sixth day ought to match referee Chris Broad determine that it’s the solely option to make-up time misplaced within the sport to dangerous climate.
But former England batsman Broad will not be referred to as on to make such a choice till the fifth day because the match may very well be over earlier than then in any occasion.
This fixture, value $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 staff in males’s Test cricket, with India and New Zealand topping the qualifying desk.
India captain Virat Kohli, nonetheless, questioned whether or not a one-off sport may determine the world’s greatest Test aspect by saying Thursday: “If you’re talking about Test cricket and deciding who is the best team in the world on one game over a period of five days, that is not the reality of the truth.
“It just isn’t going to mirror something for individuals who actually perceive the sport and who know precisely what has gone on during the last 4 or 5 years and the way the groups have fared.”
The star batsman added: “For me, that is one other Test match that must be performed.”
India named their team on Thursday, with the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami as well as spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja all included in the same Test XI for the first time.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, recovered from an elbow injury that saw him miss the Blackcaps´ series-clinching win over England at Edgbaston last week, said he would delay announcing his side until the toss.
India too could yet change their side, as teams don’t have to be confirmed until the toss takes place.