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Rain predicted to delay start of first England-West Indies Test

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The start of play in the first Test between England and West Indies is set to be delayed, with rain due to wash out parts of the first three day’s play.

According to BBC Weather, there is a likelihood of rain at the Ageas Bowl throughout the first day’s play and on the second afternoon, and while Accuweather paints a more promising picture for the first two days, predicting only sporadic showers during the first two days, they also suggest that Friday will witness a shower.

The forecast for the Ageas Bowl according to the BBC

Both suggest there will be rain around the time of the toss and the start of play, meaning the return of international cricket after a four-month absence might well be delayed a little longer.

However, odds of a draw are still long. Bet365 rate the draw at 17/4 currently, and with both side’s batting having been flaky in recent times, even with the Southampton surface likely to be slow and low, the two team’s prime pace attacks should have enough time to reach a conclusion between them.

This article was brought to you in association with Wisden’s official betting partner, bet365. For all the latest England vs West Indies odds and in-play markets, visit bet365

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