Allan Border questioned the bad light regulation following numerous interruptions in the third Test against South Africa in Sydney. Border thinks players get off too often and easily due to lose rules.
Overcast circumstances at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) ended the first day’s play on Wednesday, January 4.
Rain delayed the resumption because the umpires’ light meter reading must be better than when the play was called off.
“The light rule is excessively lax.” Too easy. I think the game should examine it more.”
Mark Waugh believes play should have continued with the floodlights on and that the Australian hitter didn’t struggle to see the ball. Explained:
“I’d tweak the rules. Once the lights are on, we stay on. I’m baffled. If it was pink, we’d be on, if it was red, it’s not perfect, it’s an outside activity, sometimes the light favors one side.” 30,000 people are here; the ICC should notice. Is Australia batting blind? “They seemed to understand,”
Play resumed around 3:45 pm after the rain ceased. The illumination was worse an hour later. The umpires waved the players off before starting play.
Australia wins Day 1 despite Anrich Nortje removing Marnus Labuschagne.
Anrich Nortje dismissed Marnus Labuschagne after play restarted at 4:45 pm and lasted 15 minutes.
The umpires told both teams to get up seconds later.
After Nortje dismissed David Warner in the fourth over, Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja put on 135 runs. Australia, leading the series 2-0, batted first and replaced Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc with Ashton Agar and Matt Renshaw.
Heinrich Klassen and Simon Harmer replaced Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi.