However, officials announced that the test would resume as scheduled on day four following a meeting between the umpires, match commissioner Andy Pycroft and team representatives. "Play on Friday was suspended shortly before scheduled close because the on-field umpires wanted to consult the match referee regarding the condition of the pitch," the International Cricket Council said in a statement. "The on-field umpires will continue to monitor the pitch, and consult the match referee should the pitch deteriorate further. The welfare of the players is paramount."
BREAKING: Players taken off pitch on day three of third Test between South Africa and India at Johannesburg #ssn— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 26, 2018
With balls lifting sharply off a good length all day, the umpires discussed player safety on at least four occasions before finally halting proceedings when South Africa opener Dean Elgar was struck on the helmet by a short ball from seamer Jasprit Bumrah. The home side were 17 for one at the close, with Elgar 11 not out and Hashim Amla at the other end on two, still needing 224 for victory in their second innings. cricket. We still want to play cricket," Gibson said. "Throughout the whole game on both sides, you saw batsmen wearing a few. India didn't complain and we didn't either." South Africa have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, but are seeking a first ever clean-sweep over India.
With the third Test between South Africa and India finely poised, the umpires called an early halt to the day's proceedings to consult the match referee about the pitch.— ICC (@ICC) January 26, 2018
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