- Reserve Day has been arranged to ensure a five-day match
- India plays their home matches with SG Test and New Zealand Kookaburra balls.
- Grade One Duke balls will be used in the WTC finals
The Indian cricket team, led by Virat Kohli, will compete in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand from 18 June. The match will be played at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton. Cricket lovers are eagerly waiting for this final test.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday confirmed that the two teams will be declared joint winners if the final test is a draw or a tie. The ICC said, “Both these decisions were taken before the start of the ICC World Test Championship in June 2018.”
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A Reserve Day (due to rain) has also been kept in the five-day Test match. If any time in this test match is wasted due to rain then the match referee can use this reserve day. There will be an equally long game in Reserve Day which will take place in five days.
According to the ICC, ‘Reserve Day has been arranged to ensure a five-day match and it will be used only if the waste time is not recovered within the regular five days. The ICC said, “If all five days play is complete and the result of the match does not come, then in such a situation no additional day will be added and in such a situation the match will be declared a draw.”
The referee will decide this
In the event of time wastage during the match, the ICC match referee will regularly tell the teams and the media how to use Reserve Day. The final decision on whether to use Reserve Day will be made at the start of the last hour of play on the fifth day.
These three changes will be part of the finals
India play their home matches with the SG Test and New Zealand Kookaburra balls but Grade One Duke balls will be used in the final. Three changes to the rules of the game in international cricket will also be part of the WTC Finals. These were implemented during the current World Cup Super League series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. These include rules related to short runs, players review and DRS review.
In the case of short runs, the third umpire will automatically review any decision of the on-field umpire for short runs and will make his decision known to the on-field umpire before the next ball is bowled. Before the decision review system (DRS) is taken for LBW, the captain of the fielding team or given out batsman will be able to confirm from the umpire whether an actual attempt was made to play the ball. For LBW itself, the scope of the wicket area has been extended to the top of the stumps to take DRS.