Rain wipes out opening day of World Test Championship final

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Rain wiped out the entire first day of the men’s World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton.

Heavy rain fell throughout Friday, preventing a ball being bowled, and play was abandoned at 14:48 BST.

The weather is forecast to improve over the weekend with play set to begin at 10:30h on Saturday.

A reserve, sixth day is in place for the showpiece final to allow for play lost to bad weather to be made up.

India and New Zealand are contesting the inaugural final with the winner crowned the first Test world champions in cricket’s history.

If the match is drawn the sides will be joint winners. (BBC Sport)

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