Pakistan captured the key wickets of Australia openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja before rain washed out the second day’s play in the third Test in Sydney. Marnus Labuschagne was on 23 and Steve Smith six in their team’s 116 for two before play was ended by bad light and rain before tea. The hosts trailed by 197 runs on a day where Warner was denied a crack at a century in his 112th and final Test match. Warner was dismissed for 34 and looked annoyed as he left the Sydney Cricket Ground to a standing ovation from his home crowd. He was beaten by the extra bounce and turn out of the rough by offspinner Agha Salman. He edged a catch off the shoulder of his bat to a delighted Babar Azam at slip. Warner, who still has a potential second innings to bat in his last Test, has now scored 8,729 Test runs since his 2011 debut at an average of 44.53 with 26 centuries. The rain interruption continued the Sydney Test’s soggy weather reputation.
The SCG has suffered 26 washed-out days, the most of any Australian Test ground. Australia clinched the three-match series with a tense 79-run win in the second Test in Melbourne over Christmas.


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