Sydney Test LIVE updates: Khawaja eyes double ton as hosts pile on pain

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Poll: When should Cummins send South Africa in?

Speaking on Fox Sports just now, Allan Border offered a bit of context to the declaration decision – you don’t want to be taking that precious new ball if there’s this on and off rain around. Anyone who’s flung a bit of leather in their time knows how quickly it turns to a bar of soap, nightmare for the speedsters and the spinners alike.

Analysis: Echoes of Dizzy in Australia’s dismantling of Rabada

For most of 2022, Kagiso Rabada reigned supreme for South Africa, plucking 47 wickets at 22.25 and striking every six overs.

In his brutal dismantling at the hands of Australia’s top order in Melbourne and Sydney, there have been elements of conditions and match situation at play, but also a strong sense of the home side taking advantage of a small but discernible drop in Rabada’s threat level.

It’s not that Rabada has bowled badly, inaccurately or with any lack of enthusiasm or commitment – far from it. Instead, the Australians had noticed a trend down in Rabada’s pace relative to previous meetings, and on a couple of surfaces friendly for batting, they have stolen every possible advantage.

There are echoes here in how England, then coached by Duncan Fletcher, took down Glenn McGrath’s great offsider Jason Gillespie, in a critical subplot of the epic 2005 Ashes series.

Interesting breakdown on Australia’s break down of Kagiso Rabada as usual from Daniel Brettig here.

Steve Smith’s future – all the talk this morning

Steven Peter Devereux Smith. Moved past Sir Donald Bradman yesterday with his 30th Test ton – and it was a beauty. Reasonably standard fare from quite possibly, the best batter we’ve seen since the Don. But his press conference after play, that was a departure from regular proceedings.

Asked if he’ll be back for an Australian summer following this year’s bumper tours of India and England, Smith said: “I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m enjoying it at the moment.

“I really can’t say how long I’ll play for. I’m not sure. Take it one tour at a time. Just enjoy it and enjoy training and trying to get better as well.

“Whilst I’m doing that I’m happy playing. But I don’t know how long it’ll last.”

The forecast – frankly, we’ve seen better

Day 3 dawns damp and dreary

Good morning sports fans,

Coming to you live and loud from Sydney Town, it’s wet underfoot but nothing from up high at this very minute. Can guarantee that won’t last but beyond that, who knows?

Australia sitting pretty at 4-475, the weather a far greater concern than the South Africans as the home side chases a 3-0 clean sweep to round out the summer.

Play slated to start at 10am AEDT – you’re a brave betting man if you’re backing that in though.

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