Bad light halts play during Day 2 of third Test between Australia and Pakistan at the SCG


Play has been halted on Day 2 of the third Test between Australia and Pakistan due to bad light.

Australia 2-116 in reply to Pakistan’s 313 when players were forced off the field at the SCG shortly after 2pm AEDT.

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The lights were on at the venue, but umpires decided it wasn’t enough and an early tea break was taken.

Former opening batter and coach Justin Langer was frustrated by the “crazy” situation.

Bad light forced players off at the SCG. Credit: Getty Images

“It is so frustrating and I’ve walked in all the shoes as a player and as a batsman and you think you want to be off because you want perfect conditions and then as a coach you want what’s best for your team,” Langer said on Channel 7.

“But when you look at the big picture it is crazy that these guys aren’t playing Test cricket here, they’ve got a big crowd for David Warner’s last game, the Pink Test … It’s not great for the game of cricket that this is happening right now.”

Fans were equally outraged by the decision.

“This is what is killing test cricket. Find a way, use pink balls, change the rules.. do anything!! But Test Matches finishing at 2.25pm for bad light at a venue with lights that can light every sport (including T20/ODI), is just killing the game,” one fan tweeted.

“Why have they stopped play? We have day night tests, they’ll be fine. If they’re genuinely so concerned that matches can’t go on due to bad light, even with lights on, then they should start playing with pink balls all the time,” another added.

“Bad light is the biggest crock. There’s flood lights?! Farcical,” another wrote.

But Australian great Ricky Ponting offered a different take.

“I’m stuck in my ways with this. If it’s not perfect light, you shouldn’t be out there,” he said on Channel 7.

“I know they’re set with the lights now. But I still think, ask the batting team what they want to do. It used to be that way. It should go back to being that way.

“Really, in a situation like this, the batting team is the only team that’s got something to lose. So I would go back to considering asking the batters again.”

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Earlier, David Warner was given a standing ovation by the SCG crowd as he left the pitch potentially for the last time as a Test batter.

The veteran Australian opener, playing his 112th and final Test, was dismissed on 34, roughly 20 minutes before lunch on Day 2 of the third Test against Pakistan.

Injected into the attack, Salman Ali Agha’s delivery turned into middle stump and bamboozled Warner, who could only shuffle back and edge the ball to Babar Azam at first slip.

Warner was dismissed for 34 in his final Test for Australia. Credit: AAP

Warner, who had been dropped in the cordon on 20 earlier in the day, ripped his gloves off in self-admonishment and removed his helmet when leaving the pitch.

After overcoming a nervy six-ball cameo late before stumps on Day 1, he had looked in good touch all morning.

Warner was patient at the outset and then willing to punish the inexperienced Pakistani bowling attack, in particular Hasan Ali who struggled to find consistent line and length.

The 37-year-old would have been aware an opportunity had been missed on a good wicket to compile a big innings.

The crowd rose to their feet as he made his way from the middle.

But a crestfallen Warner could manage only a wave in acknowledgement and a quick thumbs-up to Marnus Labuschagne, who was next at the crease for Australia.

In a mark of respect, Labuschagne allowed Warner to leave the field before coming on himself.

It remains to be seen how much of a chance, if any, Warner will have to bat again later in his SCG swan song.

Pakistan made a respectable 313 in their first innings but, on a good SCG wicket, could be left short of a par first-innings score.

Provided Australia are able to continue on their way with the bat, Pakistan would need to run up a score again in the second innings to give Warner any hope of a lengthy second-innings send-off.

With AAP

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