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India vs New Zealand match to start 30 minutes before scheduled time in Southampton

17 Jun 2021

The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final between Team India and New Zealand will begin 30 minutes before the scheduled time in Southampton from Friday.

The match was scheduled to begin at 3.30pm IST (11am BST), like all Tests in England, but will now start at 3pm IST (10.30am BST). Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, the two captains for the game, will walk out for the toss at 2.30pm IST instead of at 3pm.

Notably, the WTC Final was shifted from the Lord's in London to the Ageas Bowl in Southampton as the ground's facility has hotel accommodation to guarantee a bio-bubble.

The Indian cricket team announced its playing XI on Thursday, naming both off-spinners Ravichandran and Ravindra Jadeja instead of a four-pronged fast-bowling attack.

Seamers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have been picked ahead of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj for the one-off Test. Rishabh Pant will keep wickets, keeping Wriddhiman Saha out of the side while Hanuma Vihari also misses out.

India team: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami.

New Zealand are yet to announce their team for the WTC Final even though captain Kane Williamson said everybody is fit and available for selection.

"Everybody is fit in the squad. My elbow has improved thanks to the injection a few days back. We haven't finalised the squad yet, we will do that a little later," Williamson told reporters on the eve of the summit clash in Southampton.

India start as favorites because of the greater options at its disposal, but will go in under prepared whereas New Zealand warmed up well in the Tests against England and dominated both, winning the second match at Edgbaston inside 4 days without the likes of Williamson, Tim Southee and wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Matches

West Indies tour of Zimbabwe 2023

1st Test, Bulawayo, 04-08 Feb 2023

WI WI
447/6 dec & 203/5 dec (. ov)
Zim Zim
379/9 dec & 134/6 (. ov) (Target 272

Match drawn

New Zealand tour of India 2023

3rd T20I, Ahmedabad, 01 Feb 2023

Ind Ind
234/4 & / (20. ov)
NZ NZ
66/10 & / (12.1 ov) (Target

India won by 168 runs

England tour of South Africa 2023

3rd ODI, Kimberley, 01 Feb 2023

Eng Eng
346/7 & / (50. ov)
SA SA
287/10 & / (43.1 ov) (Target

England won by 59 runs

New Zealand tour of India 2023

2nd T20I, Lucknow, 29 Jan 2023

NZ NZ
99/8 & / (20. ov)
Ind Ind
101/4 & / (19.5 ov) (Target

India won by 6 wickets