Australia vs South Africa 3rd Test: Rain Washes out Third Day’s Play

The third day’s play between Australia and South Africa of the 3rd test match being played at Sydney was washed out due to persistent rain. The drizzle arrived a few moments before the start of the third day’s play at the SCG and washed out the entire morning session. As the day progressed, the rain got heavier and heavier which led the authorities to call off the day’s play. At the end of day 3 of the “Pink Test” match, Australia remains on 475 for the loss of 4 wickets. Usman Khawaja is 5 short of his maiden test double hundred and giving him company is COVID-positive Matt Renshaw. 

Australia vs South Africa’s 3rd test match has remained rain-affected since day 1. The game is in Australia’s court now. If play resumes on day 4, Australia could be forced to declare overnight and bowl exceptionally well to dismiss the Proteas twice in 2 days for a series whitewash. The hosts have an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the test series with upbeat wins at the Gabba and Melbourne. 

The weather forecasts for the 4th day of the Sydney test don’t look good either. There is a possibility of multiple rain interruptions on day 4. If this happens, then we can assume that the game is heading toward a tame draw. However, as fragile as the Proteas batting looks these days, anything is possible. 

The 4th day’s play at the SCG will begin half an hour early than the scheduled time. It has been a norm in this test match to cover up the overs lost on the first day of play.

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