Preamble – The game is afoot
“Good news!” I say in a Professor Farnsworth voice. It’s not raining in Southampton. And the forecast says that it is unlikely to rain in Southampton today. Which means that we should be able to play on Day 2 of the World Test Championship final, which will effectively be Day 1 of the World Test Championship final, but it will be the first of five days of the World Test Championship final, because the World Test Championship final was allocated six days. You with me?
It rained all day yesterday, and the whole thing was called off by about 3pm. Today, New Zealand and India will engage in sporting contest. The Kiwis are currently the No.1 ranked side in the world, having pinched that spot from India with their series win against England a few minutes ago. But the ranking will mean less than the result of this match – which would presumably also change the ranking.
Two excellent teams over the past two years of Test matches that decided who would feature in this final, as did the points deduction that Australia got for a slow over rate in one match. Bowl your bloody overs in time, everybody! It’s not complicated. Stop discussing Chekhov between every delivery and having five substitutes run out with towels and gloves and encouraging compliments at the end of each over.
Let’s get to it.