As lunch was taken, after the West Indies had advanced their first innings total to 216 for six, large covers protected the pitch and surrounds. Denesh Ramdin was on 24 and Carlos Brathwaite had 43 as the West Indies, 2-0 down in the three-Test series, added nine to their overnight score without further loss.
All-rounder Brathwaite, who scored 59 on his debut in the second Test in Melbourne, provided one of the few highlights with a swept four off Nathan Lyon. Only three balls were bowled before rain sent the players from the field following a delayed start.

Play then resumed after an 80-minute stoppage but the players again were forced off the field after just eight minutes. The forecast was for more rain.

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