Southampton: The third and final Test between England and Pakistan, which is scheduled to start on Friday at the Rose Bowl will feature revised playing timings to accommodate, for poor weather conditions, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Thursday.
Play can begin at 10.30 am local time, 30 minutes earlier than the scheduled 11.00 am start if time is lost due to bad light or rain earlier in the Test.
The decision comes after just 134.3 overs were bowled across five days of the second test at the same venue due to rain and bad light.
“Following positive discussions with the ECB, the International Cricket Council (ICC) and various stakeholders, the ECB and the ICC have agreed to revised start times ahead of the third Test,” the ECB said in a statement.
“The flexible approach will enable the prospect of making up time for inclement weather during the morning session of subsequent days rather than at the end of the day,” it added.
The ECB further stated that after the conclusion of play on the first day, the match referee, groundstaff and ECB Match Manager would discuss the start times for the next day and if the forecast looked good, the play could begin at 10.30 am
The morning session would last two and a half hours if the start times are adjusted, while a total of 98 overs will be scheduled for the day. Match officials would ensure that light is monitored to maximise playing time.
It must be noted that England won the first test by three wickets whereas the second match ended in a draw.