The World Test Championship Final playing conditions have been announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC), confirming that a draw or tie in the final at Southampton would see both India and New Zealand declared as joint champions.
The playing conditions also include the allocation of a reserve day on June 23, which will come into play to compensate any lost time during the five days of play from June 18-22.
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The reserve day will be used only if the lost time cannot be made up for through normal provisions. It cannot be utilised if the scheduled five days have failed to bring out a clear winner. The match referee will be responsible to keep teams and media updated on the course of action.
The match will be played with Grade 1 Dukes cricket balls.
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The playing conditions are available on the page here and explain the calculations of playing time.
The following changes to playing conditions, which are already being exercised in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, will also be implemented:
Short Runs: The Third Umpire will automatically review any call of a ‘short run’ by the On-field Umpire and communicate the decision to the On-field Umpire prior to the next ball being bowled.
Player Reviews: The fielding captain or the dismissed batsman may confirm with the Umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball prior to deciding whether to initiate a player review for LBW.
DRS Reviews: For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone has been lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width.