Australia v West Indies, 3rd Test, Sydney, 4th day January 6, 2016

Rain washes out second consecutive day

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West Indies 7 for 248 (Ramdin 30*, Roach 0*) v Australia
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Further heavy rain in Sydney led to the abandonment of the fourth day's play © Cricket Australia

For the first time in more than 25 years, two consecutive Test days were washed out in Australia without a ball being bowled, as heavy rain continued in Sydney on Wednesday. Only 68 balls had been bowled on the second day before days three and four were completely abandoned, leading Cricket Australia to declare free entry for day five, in addition to refunds for tickets on the second, third and fourth days.

The forecast for the fifth day is for a possible shower, although only two millimetres of rain were expected by the Bureau of Meteorology, which would likely mean play was possible if the outfield was in a fit enough state. Australia will lift the Frank Worrell Trophy at the end of day five regardless of what happens on the field, having earned a 2-0 lead from their wins in Hobart and Melbourne.

Only 86.2 overs had been bowled in the entire match by the end of day four, with West Indies still 7 for 248 in their first innings. Last time two straight days were washed out in Australia was also in Sydney, against Pakistan in 1989-90. The first two days of that Test were rained out without a ball being bowled, which led to a sixth day being added, though further rain throughout the Test meant a draw was inevitable.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 7, 2016, 3:13 GMT

    Rain has effectively saved WI from a 3-0 clean sweep here.Now its up to Aussies to make the most productive use of the remaining 2 long sessions here.How?Formost,Warner to get a big 100 here-he has had a quiet series.A run a ball-or better-150+ ideally.

  • mux164 on January 7, 2016, 2:19 GMT

    cmon steve declare, blast the windies out and win the game, the bowlers would have to be fresh sitting in the change rooms for 4 days. at worst it will be a draw anyway

  • GROUCHO_MARX on January 7, 2016, 1:29 GMT

    The closest contest so far this series

  • espncricinfomobile on January 7, 2016, 1:18 GMT

    7/273 at the moment. Probably 330-350 allout from the windies. Australia may go 5/400 in 50 overs declare but still that leaves one session to bowl the windies for <120. The pitch is flat though

  • android_user on January 7, 2016, 1:14 GMT

    Terrific fightback by the WI, taking the game into a 5th day. Onwards and upwards for them.

  • Uncapped on January 6, 2016, 23:20 GMT

    I'm all for trying to win and for entertainment. But something about double declarations at 0/0 has always felt a little TOO contrived to me. Even worse in a competition like the Shield. What if a captain made agreements for every match that both teams declared their first inn at 0/0. Then it basically becomes a 1 inn match almost certainly guaranteeing an outright result every match and giving that team an unfair advantage over other teams playing 2 inn matches? Everyone would start doing it and the comp would become a 1 inn comp!

  • Herath-UK on January 6, 2016, 9:20 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for WI.

  • Mervo on January 6, 2016, 6:33 GMT

    Really 3 days have been washed out. It is the coming of the new flood!. Call of the Test. No point at all trying to manufacture a result. Play and ODI instead. Pity for the Jane McGrath Foundation and also for Steve O'Keefe in his second Test in 5 years.

  • Rik_E_Boy on January 6, 2016, 6:30 GMT

    @SRK666

    Can't see it happening mate. The Windies haven't come close to bowling us out all series. All Smith can do is declare at 0/0 like you said but can't see Holder taking the bait.

  • SRK666 on January 6, 2016, 4:34 GMT

    Still the possibility for an entertaining final day + a result, if the captains make an agreement like the following:

    Smith declares Australia's 1st innings without a bowl being bowled; Holder declares after setting Australia a reasonable target (400 off 60 overs?) to make in their 2nd innings.

    I suspect Smith would take the chance for a victory. Holder might understandably be more cautious, but I don't think his team would get much of a confidence boost from letting the game meander along to a draw.

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