Former England captain Nasser Hussain has expressed his displeasure over the weather inclement on the first day of the ICC World Test Championship final in Southampton between India and New Zealand. The opening day of the decider could likely be washed out due to rain, with no timeline over the occurrence of the toss. Nasser Hussain has been taken aback by the amount of rain.
Until Friday, Southampton was brimming with sunshine and brightness. England had already copped criticism as it’s known for its notorious and unpredictable spells of heavy rain. The 2019 World Cup saw multiple matches resulting in washout due to heavy rains. The likes of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka and West Indies vs South Africa were amongst the ones washed out.
Nevertheless, as for the Ageas Bowl, it’s currently not raining; however, the groundsmen are doing their best to ensure the play starts at the earliest. The World Test Championship final has a reserve day in place which would have 83 overs, alongside an extra hour. However, with the volume of rain on the cards over the next few days, it’s unsure whether even an extra day would be enough to force a result.
We’ve hardly missed a ball of cricket and just as we were supposed to start: Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain expressed his surprise at rains lashing down as it’s a shame since the past few weeks have seen sunny weather with brightness in Southampton. The Chennai-born cricketer-turned-commentator revealed that they hardly missed a ball of cricket before Friday and feels that the weather has changed drastically. Hussain also commented that even by England’s standards, it’s cold.
“It’s chucking down. It’s such a shame because for the last three weeks in the UK, it’s been warm, it’s been sunny. We’ve hardly missed a ball of cricket and just as we were supposed to start, the weather changed and this is proper rain, even by England’s standards, and it’s cold,” Hussain told Star Sports.