Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 1
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Umpire Chris Gaffaney (L) measures the light during day one of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and South Africa at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 04, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 1

The timeline of the Sydney Test won't be changing, despite adverse weather impacting the contest for yet another year.

The long-running joke that you can break a drought by scheduling a Test match in Sydney has proven to be correct yet again, with Day 1 curtailed originally due to bad light, but then rain, before Day 2 also saw a number of overs lost.

Day 3 saw no play before lunch due to heavy rainfall, and at the time of publication, the chance of any play during the day is looking slimmer.

Australia, who sit at 4 for 475 during the rain delay of Day 3, need only a single victory from either the third Test against South Africa or any of their four on the road against India to qualify for the World Test Championship final.

While this Test in Sydney now seems destined for a draw, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said there were no plans for the match to be moved from the New Year's slot.

"I think (it's the right time for it). It is an iconic event on the sporting calendar," Hockley told SEN on Thursday.

"People plan their entire holidays around it. We saw over 30,000 people turn out yesterday.

"Particularly now with the pink Test in its 15th year ... There is so much going on around the ground."

Many have suggested that the weather in Sydney is better in the November and December period, and that's exactly the way it has gone this summer, with Sydney experiencing a predominantly dry spell before rain has hit in the New Year.

Any plan to move the Sydney Test would see a new venue needing to be selected for the New Year's Test, however, Cricket Australia not seeing the need to plan for a change will be music to the ears of the SCG trust, who were still able to bring more than 30,000 fans through the Gate on Day 1 despite the weather and the lop-sided nature of the first two Tests during the series, played in Brisbane and Melbourne.