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Australia v West Indies third cricket Test: Australia eyeing West Indies whitewash but washout looms at SCG

Australia remain confident they can defy a bleak forecast and an improving West Indies side to win in Sydney and complete a 3-0 whitewash.

Although Australia clearly claimed the honours on a rain-shortened first day things did not exactly go to plan for Steve Smith's team. For starters, they lost the toss and were asked to bowl first – hardly the ideal scenario after picking two spinners – then they met stiff resistance from Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo.

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Slow start for West Indies in third Test

The West Indies made a slow start on a day twice interrupted with rain as Australia look for a whitewash third win in the series.

With more than two inches of rain forecast on Monday and Tuesday, time is not on Australia's side. They must claim the final four wickets of the Windies' first innings, then compile enough runs to ensure they do not have to bat twice before dismissing the visitors a second time.

"I think this pitch will speed the game up, it'll have a lot of movement and spin," Australian spinner Nathan Lyon said. "I definitely think there's enough time even if we get rain affected. I know Smudger [Smith] is a pretty proactive captain and I know we'll be pushing for a victory, that's for sure."

The hosts will be helped by an SCG pitch that is offering plenty of turn to the spinners. Of the 75 overs bowled on the first day, 46 were delivered by spin twins Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe.

Even O'Keefe, not known for being a big turner of the ball, was able to extract prodigious movement.

The conditions shocked the Windies, who played on the subcontinent in November. 

"I didn't expect the first day to spin," Kraigg Brathwaite said. "I've heard that Sydney spins a lot but I didn't know on the first day."

Lyon was proud to collect his 100th Test wicket on home soil, the milestone coming with the key scalp of Brathwaite, who made 85. 

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