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World Test Championship final day one abandoned due to rain

World Test Championship final day one abandoned due to rain
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Rain hammered the Ageas Bowl on Friday.

Day one of the inaugural World Test Championship final was abandoned without a ball bowled as both India and New Zealand were beaten by the weather in Southampton.

After two years of qualifying and many more of planning, the showpiece event got off to the quietest possible start, as relentless rain hammered the Ageas Bowl.

The morning session was quickly wiped out and while a small proportion of the limited 4,000 crowd hung around in the hope of seeing some action as the day progressed, there was never any realistic hope of play.

The inevitable decision was made by umpires Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth at 2.48pm, with the players set to reconvene on Saturday morning.

A reserve day has been built into the planning of the event but a decision on whether or not to activate the extra time will be made later in the match depending on how much additional time is lost.

The option to play on until Wednesday was welcomed by New Zealand's vice-captain Tom Latham, who is hopeful of the game reaching a natural conclusion thanks to the expanded window.

"Obviously the rain is disappointing, but there is a day six so there is a little bit of extra time we can use there," he said.

"Looking at the weather at the moment, that was a great decision. With the extra day we've got up our sleeve, the game can still go the full five days. For us it's just about waiting, and then when we get the opportunity to come on, making sure we're ready to go.

"With the amount of water that has fallen since yesterday afternoon, there probably wasn't a huge chance that we were going to play today...there's been a lot of table tennis, a lot of darts being played up in the team room, so the guys are pretty relaxed an we'll have to give another shot tomorrow."

India opted to name their team the on Thursday, leaving Hanuma Vihari and Mohammed Siraj out, and all the signs are that they will not back out and make changes at the toss.

Fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar said: "I think the XI which has been announced is an XI which takes the pitch and the conditions out of the equation.

"I think it is an XI which can play and perform on any given surface in any given weather conditions."

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
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TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
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ATHLETICS
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HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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