Top cricbuzz prediction: Results may deteriorate after 4 consecutive sessions washed out

A wet outfield delayed the start of play, and the rain returned to dampen the spirit even further.

Rain continues to hamper Australia’s quest for the series against South Africa after the first session of day four was washed away by a disastrous SCG.

The third Test stalled frustratingly after his third day was abandoned with no balls thrown. Khawaja is stuck with his best Test score of 195, while Matt Renshaw is down to his 5th since 2018 after testing positive for Covid-19 before the opening day game. In his first test he did not appear in his match.

Renshaw returned negative in rapid antigen tests yesterday and this morning.

All eyes were on Australian captain Pat Cummins and whether Khawaja could continue to secure his first chance at passing the Test in two centuries. However, the game was delayed on the fourth day due to a wet outfield before the rain, so the waiting game continued. Sydney’s weather forecast looks better for the rest of the day ahead of sunny skies on Sunday, but may not be enough to force anything but a draw.

Australia’s victory would have the ripple effect to almost certainly secure a spot in the Test World Cup final in June, while South Africa’s unlikely win would keep them in the qualifying spot.

Heavy rain hit Sydney on Friday with 56mm of rain, continuing a series of rain games in the traditional SCG New Year’s Test. In the first two days, 49 overs were lost due to rain and insufficient light.

After starting batting on the first day, Khawaja was the only opener to extend the innings to the fourth day, along with Jeff Boycott, Sadiq Mohammad, Mark Taylor and Manoj Prabhakar.

Australia’s impressive innings was built on a 209-run second wicket partnership between Khawaja and Stephen Smith, just over his 188 against England at the SCG in 2018. 33 innings was his 10th century partnership and best record.

In the Career Test Century List he overtook Sir Bradman in his 30 tons before Smith fell in his 104, with Manus Labuschagne and Travis contributing half a century to his head. A weakening South Africa look increasingly likely to avoid defeat, but at one point their struggling batting order was recalled in the first Test since 2017. Music has to face the revamped Australian assault by Josh Hazlewood and spinner Ashton Agar.

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