The start of the fourth day’s play of the first cricket Test between Pakistan and Australia has been delayed due to overnight rain in Rawalpindi.

The match was scheduled to start at 09:45 am but the umpires inspected the ground and delayed the start due to a wet outfield. 

There is no update as to when the match will start.

The third day’s play on Sunday was called off early due to inclement weather.

Australia were 271-2, with Marnus Labuschagne undefeated on 69 and Steve Smith on 24, when the umpires took the players off the field due to bad light.

Australia are 205 runs behind Pakistan with eight wickets remaining after the hosts declared on 476-4.

It could have been a memorable day for Usman Khawaja had he completed his 11th Test century in Pakistan, where he was born in 1986 before his parents emigrated to Australia.

The left-hander was caught at forward short-leg by Imamul Haq for 97 as he gloved a reverse sweep off left-arm spinner Nauman Ali.

Umpire Aleem Dar ruled him not out, but Pakistan were given the wicket on review.

Australian cricketers are visiting Pakistan after 24 years, having previously declined to visit due to security concerns. On the current tour, they will play three Tests, as many one-day internationals as possible, and a Twenty20 international.


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