Australia v West Indies, 3rd Test, Sydney, 3rd day January 5, 2016

Third day washed out in Sydney

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West Indies 7 for 248 (Ramdin 30*, Roach 0*) v Australia
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It was a frustrating day for fans and players © Getty Images

A draw in the third Test between Australia and West Indies at the SCG appears almost inevitable after the third day's play was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Persistent rain made it impossible for the players to take the field at all, making it just the third time in the past 20 years that a full day's play had been lost in a Test in Australia.

Only 68 balls had been bowled on the second day due to the wet weather, and rain also affected the first day's play. The forecast for the fourth day is for a shower or two, but there is unlikely to be enough rain to significantly affect the chances of play. West Indies will resume in their first innings at 7 for 248, having not yet faced a full day's allotment of overs.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • lillee4PM on January 6, 2016, 1:17 GMT

    For goodness sake, just shake hands, declare a draw and let the T20 contracted players go and play in the Big Bash!

  • lillee4PM on January 6, 2016, 1:07 GMT

    According to Cricket Australia, playing with a pink ball and starting later is the answer to all of Test Cricket's woes...so why don't they try that at Sydney, maybe it will stop raining!

  • BradmanBestEver on January 6, 2016, 0:14 GMT

    The Windies should declare now and encourage the Aussies to make a game of it

  • nareshgb1 on January 5, 2016, 20:36 GMT

    hey why don't we have the Sikhs photo in the main article - they looked very good

  • mapersaud on January 5, 2016, 19:52 GMT

    So West Indies can avoid the sweep. Yaay!

  • GermanPlayer on January 5, 2016, 16:29 GMT

    @PPL11 He is not talking about making it timeless. He is suggesting that the washedout day be simple removed and played on a reserve(6th) day. Its a logical suggestion, but test cricket already takes up 5 days of broadcasting and no broadcaster is going to agree to reserve extra time for it.

  • PPL11 on January 5, 2016, 14:58 GMT

    @AUSSIE_NATE: It isnt sir, they are not playing timeless tests here !!

  • IndianInnerEdge on January 5, 2016, 13:58 GMT

    Considering very less possibility of a result, can't they play an ODI on the 5 day if the rain stops and conditions are ok - at least the paying public would get their $$'s worth...

  • Aussie_Nate on January 5, 2016, 7:18 GMT

    A whole day has been lost, why can't they extend it to a sixth day to make up for it? It seems like a logical solution to me.

  • Mervo on January 5, 2016, 6:29 GMT

    The best thing would be for more rain as this Test is dead. Alternatively play an ODI. Other wise Australia will ry to slog quick score and bung the WI in again. Slogging can go both ways if a stupid target is set.

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