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Rain delays start of WTC final between India and New Zealand

Persistent rain in Southampton delayed the start of the world test championship final between India and New Zealand on Friday.

There will be no play in the morning session at the Rose Bowl with the toss delayed at least until lunch. The covers are on at the stadium in southern England with more rain expected during the day.

India has already named spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in a five-man bowling attack while the inclement weather might encourage New Zealand to go for an all-out seam attack.

The pitch area is seen covered as it rains ahead of the first day of the World Test Championship final cricket match between New Zealand and India, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Friday, June 18, 2021. (AP PhotoIan Walton)

An extra reserve day is available if needed. If the outcome is a draw, the trophy will be shared.

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Fans hold umbrellas as it rains ahead of the first day of the World Test Championship final cricket match between New Zealand and India, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Friday, June 18, 2021. (AP PhotoIan Walton)

The pitch area is seen covered as it rains ahead of the first day of the World Test Championship final cricket match between New Zealand and India, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Friday, June 18, 2021. (AP PhotoIan Walton)