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

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Southampton

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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