David Warner dominates on final day of the 3rd Test vs West Indies © Getty Images (File photo)
David Warner dominates on final day of the 3rd Test vs West Indies © Getty Images (File photo)

Australia‘s David Warner breathed some life into the rain-ruined final Test with a rapid-fire 90 not out as the hosts headed for a draw against the West Indies on Thursday. Play finally resumed on the last day, after two days were rained out, with the Windies adding 82 more runs before being dismissed for 330. Australia, and Warner in particular, set out with gusto after the tourists’ total to entertain the small crowd given free admission into the Sydney Cricket Ground for the final rites. When rain intervened yet again, forcing an early tea, Warner was on 90 off 72 balls with the promoted Mitchell Marsh on 10 in Australia’s 126 for one.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 5

Warner clubbed spinner Jomel Warrican for two sixes in three balls on the way to plundering 16 runs from one over. His first six raised his half-century off 42 balls as he dominated the scoring over opening partner Burns. The pair raised their 100-run stand off 92 balls, with Warner contributing 74 runs.

Burns was out soon after, attempting to hoist Warrican over mid-on only to be taken head-high by Kemar Roach for 26. It was the fourth wicket of the series for Warrican — his side’s leading wicket-taker over the three Tests, indicating the state of the tourists’ bowling attack.

Under-used Marsh was promoted to number three for only his third bat of the series ahead of Usman Khawaja. The West Indies earlier reached their highest score of the series before being dismissed at lunch. It was the first time the West Indies had passed 300 in their last nine Test innings against Australia.LIVE UPDATES: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 5

Spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe each took three wickets to finish off the first innings which had remained on hold since Monday after two days of unrelenting rain. Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin pushed his score to 62 as the Windies surprised by deciding to bat on and not declare.

Play finally got underway under sunny skies, just over 70 hours after the previous ball bowled on Monday’s second day. Days three and four were totally washed out, making it the first time that two consecutive days had been lost to rain in a Test in Australia in almost 26 years.

Australia have already won the series and retained the Frank Worrell Trophy after huge wins in the Hobart and Melbourne Tests. The players wore black arm bands as a mark of respect for the father of West Indies batsman Rajendra Chandrika, who passed away this week.

Brief scores:

West Indies 330 (Kraigg Brathwaite 85, Carlos Brathwaite 69; Nathan Lyon 3 for 120, Steve O’Keefe 3 for 63) lead Australia 126 for 1 (David Warner 92*; Jomel Warrican 1 for 41) by 204 runs.