Rain washes out fourth day of World Test C’ship final




Rain meant there was no play at all in Monday’s fourth day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton — the second time in the match a day’s play had been washed out without a ball bowled.

Overnight and early morning rain meant the pitch and square at Hampshire’s headquarters remained fully covered when the match should have resumed at 10:30 am local time (0930 GMT).

Play was finally abandoned for the day at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT), with Friday’s first day having suffered a similar fate.

Match referee Chris Broad, however, has a special dispensation to extend this final into a sixth day — men’s Tests usually only last a maximum of five days — if he feels that will compensate for time lost in the game.

An absorbing day of high-quality cricket on Sunday, cut short by bad light despite the use of the Hampshire Bowl’s floodlights.—APP

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