Even if it seems difficult, Australia captain Pat Cummins will be concerned if he and his bowlers manage to defeat South Africa in the Sydney Test on Sunday and win the series 3-0. A draw seems to be the most probable result, but on a final-day SCG surface, keeping South Africa to 149/6 in response to their first innings total of 475/4 declared would give Australia hope.

170 overs have been lost because of rain and poor lighting, with play impractical from after supper on Day 2 until well after noon on Day 4, Saturday. And play may have started up sooner if not for seepage through the seam in the covers. All of this would support Cummins’ declaration, but Usman Khawaja would be disappointed to have missed out on his maiden double century.

The 36-year-old left-handed opener is having a tremendous season. The declaration on Thursday meant that Khawaja joined West Indies greats Frank Worrell (197*) and Sachin Tendulkar (194*), the other two batsmen who were left behind after declarations. Khawaja was on 195 not out when play was stopped.

When West Indies captain Gerry Alexander declared with his team on 563/8 in the 1960 Bridgetown Test against England, his home ground, after a 299-run stand with Garry Sobers, who scored 226 runs, Worrell was left short. The fact that England was 71/0 after 42 overs and the game was drawn didn’t help.

It’s interesting to note that Worrell, a renowned cricket personality, had also reached 191 runs when the Windies were bowled out at Nottingham during their 1957 tour of England. His last century was 197 not out; in the 18 other Tests he played throughout the final three and a half years of his Test career, he failed to reach triple digits.

When Rahul Dravid, filling in for the injured Sourav Ganguly, declared to cause some controversy in Multan against Pakistan in 2004, Tendulkar was on 194 and was at the other end when Virender Sehwag (309) struck a historic maiden Test triple century by an Indian.

Yuvraj Singh was one of the batsmen who Dravid informed that he wanted to declare shortly, even though Tendulkar’s remarks after play created a heated discussion.