Australia v South Africa - Third Test: Day 1
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Marnus Labuschagne of Australia looks dejected after being dismissed by Anrich Nortje of South Africa 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

Australian top order batsman Marnus Labuschagne was left frustrated after his dismissal right before the umpires called bad light for a second time during the third Test against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Day 1 saw just 47 overs completed in two stints, with 43 overs played before bad light stopped play the first time, and then another four overs possible after the delay.

On what ultimately was the final ball of the day's play, Labuschagne was dismissed by an Anrich Nortje delivery that was almost unplayable.

The umpires would then almost immediately take the players from the field, with vice-captain Steve Smith not facing a ball before turning around and walking back to the dressing rooms, where he would remain until the stumps call came.

Labuschagne, who made 79, said he was 'very frustrated' after the close of play.

"Definitely very frustrated," Labuschagne said.

"It always makes you very angry as a batter when you get out and then everyone walks with you off the field.

"It really makes you think about that specific ball, it was probably under the light meter (reading) and getting out.

"But at the end of the day, he (Nortje) bowled a really good set there and backed it up, bowled four or five balls in the same spot and that one just kicked.

"It certainly was dark.

"There were passages out there, especially before lunch, where it was really dark and they couldn't get the lights on because it takes 10 minutes (for floodlights to warm up).

"The red ball under lights, it just doesn't stand out.

"So it's quite tough and I think it's probably more dangerous for the fielders because you just can't see it square of the wicket and in the slips, whereas the batters you've got a sightscreen and a white back drop to get the best chance."

Labuschagne's comments come in the face of public opinion, and that of former greats, who trashed the umpire's decision to take the players from the field despite the failing light.

Suggestions have also been made to play every Test with the pink ball from here on out, however, Labuschagne said that wasn't the answer either.

"I certainly hope not, because the balls are just so different," Labuschagne said.

"There is no consistency with the pink ball. There is no consistent swing, everything happens quite erratically.

"The balls are made differently ... and react so much differently with spin and pace."

Australia will resume on Day 2 at 2 for 147.