Australia and Pakistan in a balanced position as inclement weather clouds David Warner’s final Test match.

David Warner’s farewell from Test cricket has been overshadowed by Sydney’s inclement weather and cricket’s outdated regulations, resulting in half of the day being lost due to bad light and rain.

The opener was dismissed for 34 runs before lunch on the second day of the match, potentially marking his final Test innings, as play was later interrupted with Australia at 2-116 in response to Pakistan’s 313.

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) had the floodlights turned on and the conditions were gloomy, yet the decision to take the players off the field due to bad light was met with boos from the crowd and criticism from former players.

The players remained off the field for an additional 40 minutes while a crowd of 25,000 fans stayed in attendance, before rain started falling and the day was officially abandoned.

“It is incredibly frustrating,” stated Australia’s former coach and player Justin Langer on Channel 7. “I have experienced being a player and batsman myself. You want to be on the field and have ideal conditions, and then as a coach, you want what’s best for your team.

“However, when you look at the bigger picture, it is absurd that these guys aren’t playing Test cricket in these circumstances.

“You have a huge crowd present, who have come to witness David Warner’s final game.

“This is the Pink Test. It is a highly competitive and fierce Test match, yet we’re forced to leave the field.

“This is not beneficial for the game of cricket.”

Warner’s hopes of scoring a farewell century disappeared during the first session when he was caught by Babar Azam at first slip off Agha Salman.

Starting the day on six runs after a tense one-over stay on the previous day, the left-hander executed one of the best shots of the morning by square-driving Hasan Ali for a boundary.

Warner also guided another ball from Hasan between the slips and gully for four, and an edge off Aamir Jamal also went to the boundary.

However, after being dropped in the slip cordon by Saim Ayub on 20, Warner was unable to capitalize on a second opportunity when he was on 34.

Facing a delivery from Salman that turned and bounced, Warner was caught on the crease and edged the ball to Babar at first slip.

The frustrated opener walked off the field, sneaking a glance back to watch the replay, while receiving a standing ovation from the crowd of over 25,000.

Warner will likely still have a chance to bat in the fourth innings of the match, although his run-scoring potential may be limited depending on Australia’s target.

It was fitting that his childhood friend Usman Khawaja remained at the other end during what could potentially be Warner’s final innings, depending on the match situation.

After first batting together in under-11s in eastern Sydney, the duo achieved their 13th opening partnership of 50 runs or more against a Pakistan bowling attack that had a slow start once again.

Khawaja showcased good form as well, using his footwork to hit Sajid Khan for four runs over the spinner’s head before lunch.

He also pulled Aamir to the boundary in one of the highlights of the second session after the break.

However, Khawaja was later caught behind down the leg side while attempting to pull Aamir again when the ball brushed his gloves on its way through.

This left Marnus Labuschagne [23 not out] and Steve Smith [6 not out] at the crease before the dark clouds above caused play to be halted.

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