WTC Final: Heavy rain and thunderstorms likely to play spoilsport in Southampton on the first day of the historic Test
The opening day of the inaugural WTC final between India and New Zealand in Southampton could be affected by rain. According to the UK Met department Friday will be a cloudy day with long periods of heavy and thundery rain building in from the south from early morning.
Heavy rain and thunder are likely to play a spoilsport on the opening day of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final to be played between India and New Zealand at Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
“Friday will be a cloudy day with long periods of heavy and thundery rain building in from the south from early morning. There’s a yellow weather warning in place for thunderstorms active for Southampton from 6am tomorrow to 6am Saturday morning,” said a spokesperson for UK Met department.
Some areas could see up to 40mm of rain across the day, although predictability on precise locations is low due to the nature of the weather conditions. The rain should ease slightly in Southampton overnight on Friday in to Saturday morning, leaving a mostly dry Saturday for the area. Highs of 17C on Friday.”
The pitch at the stadium on the outskirts of Southampton assists spin bowlers but rain started to fall on Thursday afternoon and more is forecast over the course of the match, prompting speculation that India might field only one slow bowler.
However, at the pre-match captains news conferences, India captain Virat Kohli said the weather forecast would have no bearing on the team selection which was announced shortly afterwards.
“We are quite clear in terms of what we want to do. The forecast is something we are not focused on. Regardless of what we do we have our bases covered. We won’t bother about what the weather holds,” he said.
Update from Southampton ?️
— ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2021
Good morning from Southampton. We are just over an hour away from the scheduled start of play but It continues to drizzle here. The match officials are on the field now. ☔ #WTC21 pic.twitter.com/Kl77pJIJLo
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021