The World Test Championship is taking place in Southampton
New Zealand and India’s battle to be crowned as Test cricket’s first ‘world champions’ will go to a sixth day, but things will still need to happen in a hurry to avoid the inaugural final ending in a draw.
With ‘timeless Tests’ a thing of the past, the last time a Test match was allowed to stretch beyond a fifth day came during Australia’s Super Series against a World XI in 2005. But the International Cricket Council activated the option of a reserve day after this flagship contest at the Ageas Bowl was beset by two washouts and bad light.
The game made some much-needed progress on Tuesday, with New Zealand bowled out for 249 before India cleared a 32-run deficit to finish on 64 for two, but with a maximum of 98 overs left a shared title remains firmly in play.