What a Test series fans are having the privilege to watch. While it was India who took the lead at Lord's beating England by 151 runs, they were not quite up to the mark in the third Test and faced an innings defeat at Headingley. All of this, after the first Test ended in a draw with India needing some 150 runs on Day 5 with 9 wickets in hand which goes on to show how weather still remains the most important uncontrollable factor in the sport of cricket.
With an important Test match of the series at The Oval starting on Thursday (September 2), all eyes will not only be at the 22 yards but also on the weather conditions which tends to dictate the final team selections and other crucial calls. Notably, the winner of this Test, which is the fourth of the five-match series, will be assured of not losing the Test series.
Day 1 forecast for Oval Test
Although Day 1 of the Oval Test will see cloudy weather in South London, there are lesser chances of rain during the match hours. The mean temperature is set to be around 16-17 Degrees Celsius during the time of play so expect a great day of Test match cricket to begin with.
Day 2 forecast for Oval Test
The weather on Day 2 is predicted to be like the weather on Day 1 which means that there will be clouds around for the majority of the day but the mean temperature will rise by a degree or two for the match hours. The sun is also expected to come out late in the evening.
Day 3 forecast for Oval Test
Another cloudy day in London. In fact, there is no prediction of seeing a Sun on Day 3 of the Test match. This could mean that while the wicket is usually the best for batting on Day 3, there will also be something on it for the seamers, courtesy of the overcast conditions as the forecast predicts.
Day 4 and Day 5 Forecast for Oval Test
It is from Day 4 onwards that a bit of rain is predicted at the venue. In fact, the rain probability which until Day 3 is less than 7% (for the entire period of 24 hours) bounced up to 25% on Day 4 of the Test match. The weather on Day 5 is also likely to be similar although as one has seen in the past, weather changes within a matter of minutes in this part of the world.