Fans hoping for a rain-free World Test Championship final should be prepared for an extra day of play on reserve day unless bowlers wreck havoc at Southampton’s Rose Bowl. On all days of play, the weather forecast predicts thunderstorms, morning showers, and passing showers, making it difficult for groundskeepers to keep the field dry.

Rain is more likely to fall on June 19, June 20, and June 22 than on the other two days, according to weather forecast. On June 18 and 21, however, the weather will not be sunny throughout the day’s play. Rain is expected to disrupt play even on the reserve day.

Monty Panesar, a former England cricketer, also shared a screenshot of the weather forecast for the WTC final.

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WEATHER POSTED BY MONTY PANESAR

The Reserve Day Will Be Limited To 330 Minutes Or 83 Overs

Thankfully, the reserve day will be used if the time lost on five days cannot be compensated for with additional time on other days. The reserve day will be limited to 330 minutes or 83 overs. With an extra hour added if necessary. If a result is unlikely to be reached by the end of Day 5, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli can agree to a draw. In the event of a tie, both teams will share the trophy.

The bad weather in Southampton begins on June 17, which means neither team will be able to practise outside.

Both teams’ team selection will be influenced by the cloudy conditions. Former cricketers such as Sunil Gavaskar want both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to play, but the team management may opt to play an extra seamer to take advantage of the conditions. The decision to play an extra seamer may have been influenced by pitch curator Simon Lee’s preparation of a track with pace and bounce.

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