Australia will resume their innings under a leaden sky as day two of the third Test against South Africa continues at the SCG on Thursday.
Bad light and rain frustrated players and fans on Wednesday meaning only 47 overs were possible.
Australia finished the day 2 for 147 after Marnus Labuschagne was dismissed for 79 off the final ball before umpires called play off for bad light.
Under the rules, play cannot resume until the umpires’ light meter reading is better than what it was when play was first called off.
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It is likely to be a factor again on day two with cloudy conditions and 2mm of rain forecast for the morning. It is, however, expected to clear in the afternoon.
The issue of bad light was one of the main talking points from the opening day of the Test with a number of former greats expressing their frustration.
Steve Waugh took to Instagram to issue a warning to the game.
“Test cricket needs to realise there is a lot of competition out there and not using the lights when the players are off for bad light simply doesn’t add up,” he wrote.
“Lots of unhappy spectators who can’t understand the rationale and reason for no play.”
Labuschagne was asked Wednesday. He admitted he felt for spectactators but said player safety had to be factored in.
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“They’ve (greats) all played, so they understand when it’s dark and someone is bowling fast,” Labuschagne said. “I think perhaps their decisions are coming more from the spectators’ point of view.
“I feel like that for the spectators. I walked (to go back on at one point) and then we didn’t go out, and I said, ‘well that’s the quickest way to lose spectators right there.’
“But the reality of the game is it’s got to be safe and when you’ve got two teams that are bowling fast, you can’t be out there when it’s too dark.“It’s hard to argue because of course we want to be entertaining a stacked crowd. But it doesn’t always work like that.”
Kerry O’Keeffe took a more light-hearted approach to the issue, joking on Fox Cricket before play: “It’s like going to a Mick Jagger concert you think is going to go three hours and Mick walks off the stage with a tight groin after 45 minutes!”
DAY TWO SESSION TIMES (Revised due to rain)
First session: 10am-12.30pm
Second session: 1.10pm-3.10pm
Third session: 3.30pm-5.30pm (an extra hour could be allowed for unfulfilled overs)
Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Renshaw, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (c), Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
South Africa XI: Dean Elgar (c) Sarel Erwee, Heinrich Klaasen, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
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