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Pakistan 313; Australia 116-2 after day two of third Test at the
Opener was out for 34 before bad light and rain stopped play
David Warner's Test farewell was overshadowed by bad weather in Sydney and archaic rules of cricket, with half the day lost to poor light and rain.
The opener was dismissed for 34 before lunch on the second day in what could prove to be his final Test innings, as Australia were then bowled out with 2-116 in reply to Pakistan's 313.
The lights were on at the SCG and conditions were gloomy, but the decision to remove the players from the field due to the poor lighting drew criticism from the crowd and former players.
The players were out on the field for another 40 minutes, and 25,000 fans were in attendance, before the rain started and the day was officially washed out. Read More Live Cricket Score, Australia vs Pakistan, 1st Test Match
"It's very disappointing," former Australia coach and player Justin Langer told Channel 7.
“I have walked in all the shoes as a player and batsman. You want to be closed and you want perfect conditions, and then as a coach you want what's best for your team.
“But when you look at the big picture, these guys are not playing Test cricket here like crazy.
"You have a huge crowd here, they are here for David Warner's last game.
“It's a pink test. It's a competitive and hard-fought Test match, and yet we're going off the field.
"It's not very good for cricket what's happening now." Read More Big Bash League 2023-24 Live Cricket Score Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes 26th Match
Warner's hopes of a farewell century were dashed in the first session when he was caught by Babar Azam off Agha Salman at first slip.
Resuming on six after a nervous one-over late on day one, the left-hander produced a morning shot when he drove Hasan Ali to square for four. Another ball from Warner drives Hasan to the rope between slip and gully and an edge to Amir Jamal also goes for four. Read More Live Cricket Score, Australia vs Pakistan 2nd Test
But there would be no second reprieve when Warner was on 34 after being dropped at slip by Saim Ayyub on 20. Facing a ball from Salman that gripped and bounced, Warner squared up at the crease and edged the ball to Babar at first slip.
Clearly disappointed, the opener walked off the field looking back to watch a replay to a standing ovation from a crowd of more than 25,000.
Warner will still get a chance to bat in the fourth innings of the match, but his run score may be limited depending on what Australia are chasing.
It was fitting that his childhood friend Usman Khawaja was at the other end for what could be Warner's last innings depending on the circumstances of the match. Read More India South Africa Test match
Having first batted together as Under-11s in East Sydney, the pair put up 50 or more in their 13th opening stand against a Pakistan attack that again started slowly. Read More India South Africa Test match Scorecard
Khawaja also used his legs and hit Sajid Khan for four over the spinner's head before lunch.
In a highlight of the second session, he also pulled Amir to the boundary after the break.
But Khawaja later pulled Amir back for 47, caught behind the leg-side, when a ball broke his gloves.
That left Marnus Labuschagne [23 not out] and Steve Smith [6 not out] at the crease, before dark clouds loomed overhead.