The third Test between India and Australia in Mohali has been abandoned due to bad weather.
Rain delayed the start of play in the third Test between India and Australia at Mohali.
Ground staff spent hours attempting to dry the outfield so play could start. The umpires gave it until after lunch before deciding to abandon day one as the rain ceased to let up.
The decision will probably be most frustrating for the Australians who are trailing the series 2-0 and will need all the time they can get to try and achieve victory.
India on the other hand only need to avoid defeat to the visitors to ensure they win the series.
It has been a difficult week for Australia with Michael Clarke’s men having to deal with unwanted press after four of their players were suspended on Monday for unprofessional behaviour.
Along with the absence of the suspended Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson, there was also an injury to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.
This meant that Brad Haddin was handed the gloves after over a year out of the Test side.
Glenn Maxwell was also dropped from the Aussie side in favour of fellow spinner Xavier Doherty.
There was just one change to the India side after the hosts had comprehensively beaten Australia in the previous two Tests. Struggling opener Virender Sehwag was dropped for debutant Shikhar Dhawan.
Dhawan will have to wait a little while longer though to get his first cap as weather permitting, the second day of the third Test in Mohali will start on Friday.