West Indies will resume their first innings on Day-5  © Getty Images
West Indies will resume their first innings on Day-5 © Getty Images

Sydney: Play was abandoned at lunch on the rain-sodden fourth day of the third Test between Australia and the West Indies on Wednesday. There was no likelihood of the rain relenting with two days’ play being completely washed out at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Only 86.2 overs have been bowled so far in the Test with the West Indies placed at 248 for 7. Denesh Ramdin was on 30 not out with Kemar Roach yet to score and will resume West Inides’ first innings on Day 5. It is just the fifth time in Australia that two consecutive days of play have been lost to rain following the matches against South Africa at the Gabba in Brisbane in 1931-32, India at the SCG 1947-48, England at the SCG in 1954-55 and Pakistan at the SCG 1989-90. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 3rd Test at Sydney

According to Cricket Australia, Mitchell Marsh was not ready to accept that the Test will have no result. He said, “A result is up to the weather gods. If we can get a full day’s play tomorrow and the last day, we will certainly be playing for a result. Moreover, it is highly unlikely that West Indies will make any bold decision of declaration on the final day. West Indies coach Phil Simmons suggested, “I used to hear about that in county cricket. I don’t know about it in a Test match,” Simmons laughed, when asked about the possibility of a double declaration.

“We’ve got to see how much play we get tomorrow [Wednesday] first. One side is telling me that there’s showers again in the morning then it will brighten up. Now I’ve just heard there might be showers in the afternoon too,” he added.