Rain washes out first day of WTC final between India and NZ

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Heavy rain in Southampton washed out the opening day of the world test championship final between India and New Zealand on Friday.

Umpires called off the day’s play at 2:45 p.m. local time at the Rose Bowl on England’s south coast as persistent rain provided no respite.

A reserve day is available if needed with an extra half-hour of play to be added over the next four days. However, the forecast is for more rain on Saturday. If the outcome is a draw, the trophy will be shared.

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.

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