Welcome to information.com.au’s protection of Day 4 of the third Check between Australia and South Africa.
Fixed rain in Sydney meant play on Friday was deserted with no ball being bowled on a irritating day for all concerned on the SCG.
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Australia is at present 4/475 however with each passing hour with out play, a draw is trying just like the most definitely end result.
A pitch inspection was scheduled for 10.45am (AEDT) however the covers have been introduced again on the pitch.
There’s hope with much less rain round in Sydney on Saturday, we’ll see some cricket.
11am – Khawaja could possibly be robbed of double ton
Usman Khawaja is on 195 not out, with Matthew Renshaw unbeaten on 5 after surviving a Covid scare to take his place within the staff.
With solely two days left and the sport nonetheless within the first innings, Australian captain Pat Cummins might declare in the course of the rain delay in an effort to maintain the sport shifting.
That may rob Khawaja of the 5 runs he must deliver up his maiden Check double century.
Khawaja has continued his love affair with the SCG, citing his third century in a row on the floor — becoming a member of Wally Hammond, Doug Walters and VVS Laxman as the one gamers to realize the feat.
Khawaja believes it will be harsh if Cummins declared and left him stranded agonisingly in need of a double century.
“I’m not the captain, I don’t make these selections,” Khawaja stated of the decision whether or not or to not declare.
“I feel it will be fairly harsh if he (Cummins) bowled immediately, I don’t assume that’s going to occur.
“(Cummins has) been making a number of jokes across the changerooms (about declaring) … taking the mickey out of me.
“We might go on the market and get a number of extra runs actually rapidly, or we might declare just about immediately.
“It’s clearly a choice he’ll must make tomorrow, determine on what the climate’s doing and the way he desires to play out this recreation.
“I feel there’ll nonetheless be a chance to try to win this recreation, so I can’t think about us simply going ‘oh, we’ll bat all day tomorrow’.
“For those who don’t give your self a crack at attempting to win the sport no less than, you’ve executed a disservice to the precise recreation.
“However clearly we have to bowl at some stage if we need to try to win the sport.”