England’s Test match with Pakistan blighted by the weather again as overnight deluge leaves Ageas Bowl outfield unplayable as match fizzles out into a draw
- No play was possible in the morning session of the fifth day at the Ageas Bowl
- Heavy showers overnight left the outfield sodden with further rain forecast
- Only 96.2 overs have been possible so far in this second Test in Southampton
- Match is expected to finish in a draw as England retain 1-0 lead in the series
- Third Test gets underway at the same venue on Friday
England’s second Test with Pakistan continued to be blighted by the weather with no play possible on the morning session of the fifth day.
A heavy deluge of rain overnight left the Ageas Bowl outfield sodden and a series of inspections by the umpires deemed conditions unsuitable at the start of play.
A further shower interrupted a later assessment by Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough, who were sent scampering off the field as ground staff rushed on the covers.
England’s second Test against Pakistan has been blighted by bad weather once again
No play was possible on the morning of the fifth day following a deluge of rain overnight
Umpires (left to right) Richard Kettleborough, Martin Saggers and Michael Gough inspect the pitch on Monday morning
Just 96.2 overs have been possible in a frustrating match and any hope of a result is now effectively impossible with England set to preserve their 1-0 lead in the series with one Test to play.
England’s first innings is currently paused on seven for one after five overs, responding to Pakistan’s 236 all out after just 10.2 overs were possible on the fourth day before the weather closed in once again.
A further inspection has been scheduled for 1.40pm.