Australia will return to the crease on day three of the New 12 months’s Take a look at on the SCG as they appear to construct on their monumental first innings tally.
A rain affected Take a look at might show to be a blessing in disguise for the visiting South Africans and hold the Australian’s from claiming a 3-0 collection whitewash.
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Usman Khawaja wants solely 5 runs to attain his first ever Take a look at double century as he helped the Aussies climb in direction of 4-475.
Cricket followers have been left cursing the gods after Khawaja was left stranded in a single day on a day when Steve Smith handed Donald Bradman’s century tally as he introduced up his thirtieth Take a look at hundred.
Travis Head additionally introduced the leisure with a 58-ball 70 earlier than he was sensationally caught on the boundary.
9:30am – Climate forecast paints grim image
Australia’s hopes of a collection whitewash are hanging within the steadiness with the rain clouds looming to be an enormous consider Sydney.
In accordance with the Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney has an 80 per cent likelihood of rainfall with windy and wet circumstances forecast all through the day.
It comes after the opening two days have been closely affected by the climate.
Play is supposed to get underway at 10am (AEDT), nonetheless the heavy covers stay on the pitch on the SCG with the radar not offering loads of optimism.
9am – Steve Smith’s shock retirement trace
After surpassing Donald Bradman when he registered his thirtieth Take a look at century, Steve Smith has left followers speechless by hinting at his retirement from the sport.
Talking after the second day of the third Take a look at, Smith stated he wasn’t positive if he’d play one other Take a look at match in Australia in second of uncooked honesty.
Smith was heaping reward on 36-year-old Usman Khawaja’s beautiful longevity when he was requested whether or not he’d be in Australia for future cricketing summers.
“I don’t know. We’ll see,” Smith stated.
“I’m having fun with it for the time being. I actually can’t say how lengthy I’ll play for. I’m undecided.
“Take it one tour at a time. Simply take pleasure in it and revel in coaching and attempting to get higher as effectively.
“While I’m doing that I’m comfortable taking part in. However I don’t know the way lengthy it’ll final.”
Smith has beforehand flagged the potential of retiring earlier from the game than most would anticipate.
“No, I don’t have a plan, however I’m 33 now,” he advised The Every day Telegraph in November.
“I’ve been taking part in worldwide cricket for 13 years. It’s a very long time. I’m nonetheless having fun with it, however I’m actually nearer to the top than the beginning, that’s for positive.”