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Rain threatens India-England Test

Bad weather could disrupt the first Test between India and England, which is scheduled to start on Thursday.

cricket Updated: Dec 09, 2008 11:18 IST

Bad weather could disrupt the first Test between India and England, which is scheduled to start on Thursday.

Persistent rain since early on Tuesday has drenched the outfield at the Chidambaram stadium, denying the Indian team a full practice drill in the morning session.

Kevin Pietersen's England, who are due to train later in the afternoon, are also unlikely to have a regular net session.

Forecasts suggest heavy rain over the next three days as a storm in the Bay of Bengal moves towards this southern city, raising fears of a curtailed match.

Parthasarthy Kannan, the chief groundsman at the stadium, was quoted in local papers as saying the heavy rains last month and the latest cyclonic storm had hampered the preparation of the wicket.

"We need bright sunshine to prepare a good wicket, but there has been a lot of rain," Kannan said.

England arrived here on Monday evening to resume the tour that was interrupted by the attacks on Mumbai by armed militants on November 26 that killed 172 and left at least 300 injured.

The two-Test series was originally scheduled to be played in Ahmedabad and Mumbai, but was later shifted to Chennai and Mohali for security reasons.