SYDNEY. — A second consecutive day’s play was washed out yesterday, consigning the third Australia-West Indies Test to an unwelcome postscript in Australian cricket. Play was abandoned at lunch on the rain-sodden fourth day at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) amid forecasts the downpour would continue for the rest of the day. The stands were near empty for a second day with only a handful of diehard fans hoping to see some cricket in the 50 000-capacity SCG and four security guards under umbrellas standing around the covered pitch area. The weather has now claimed the third and fourth days of the forlorn Sydney Test, making a draw inevitable. It is only the fifth time in Australia that two consecutive days of play have been lost to rain, and the first time in almost 26 years. — AFP.