Lightly-worn se­cond Test pitch could be used for se­ries fi­nale

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Second Test - Nick Hoult

The third Test on Fri­day could be played on the same pitch used for the se­cond match, due to bad weather hin­der­ing prepa­ra­tion at the Ageas Bowl.

It is un­der­stood that of­fi­cials are wor­ried they will have to gam­ble on us­ing a worn pitch for the fi­nal Test, which would mean win­ning the toss (and be­ing able to bat first) could al­most de­cide the out­come of the match.

The pitch was used for only 134.3 overs in the se­cond Test, but it would still start the third match worn, mak­ing bat­ting very dif­fi­cult.

The sit­u­a­tion de­pends on the weather at the Ageas Bowl over the next three days. If it is clear then the ground staff will have time to pre­pare a fresh pitch. But if it rains, and wet weather is fore­cast to­day and to­mor­row, then they might not have enough time to get it up to stan­dard be­fore the start of the fi­nal Test.

Work on it has been pre­vented over the past few days by the heavy rain in Southamp­ton, which re­quired it to be cov­ered most of the time.

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