The entire third day's play was washed yesterday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, leaving West Indies on 248-7 in a match marred by inclement weather, reports CMC.

Carlos Brathwaite's entertaining 69 was the highlight of the West Indies innings, which was affected by rain during the first two days, particularly the second day when only 68 balls were bowled.

"I think we have seen, in the last three days of cricket (including in Melbourne in the second Test) we've had, we've improved and our batting seems to be thinking about it more and fighting a little bit harder to not give the Aussies wickets," Simmons told reporters.

Brathwaite's counterattacking 69, following his bold 59, has earned him a place in the record books as the second batsman in Test history to score half centuries in his first two matches batting at No. 8.

The only other batsman to achieve the feat was Australian wicketkeeper Sammy Carter against England in 1907.

"There is a lot of light (at the end of the tunnel) with the players and I think you can mention (Kraigg and Carlos Brathwaite) because they have got runs," said Simmons.

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