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Test cricket: Eyes on rain radar for last day at Gabba

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Australia's hopes of reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar trophy have been boosted by a more promising forecast for day five of the series-deciding fourth Test on Tuesday. Photo: Getty
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There is growing hope in Brisbane that rain will not be a factor on the decisive final day of the four-Test series between Australia and India.

Wet weather washed out the final session on day two of the Gabba Test, while stumps were called prematurely on day four because of showers.

The prospect of squeezing in the maximum possible 98 overs on Tuesday had been bleak.

But the latest rain radar provides hope that play should start as scheduled at 9.30am (local time), while the updated forecast is also far more promising regarding the likelihood of future interruptions.

India will resume at 0-4, having been set a target of 328 after Australia were bowled out for 294 on a topsy-turvy fourth day of the Test

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Dark clouds hover over the Gabba late on Monday during the fourth day of the Test. Photo: Getty

Tim Paine’s team require a victory to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

The result will also have a major impact on the world Test championship standings, which Australia top as they bid to take part in this year’s final at Lord’s.

The tourists were slated to face 25 overs on Monday afternoon but umpires were forced to call stumps after just 1.5 overs.

Paine was criticised by some former players for not declaring earlier.

“We’re certainly not weathermen,” Steve Smith said.

“You have to play the game the way you see it.”

The highest successful chase in a Gabba Test came in 1951, when Australia finished 7-236.

However, the hosts have fresher memories of how India incredibly salvaged a draw after threatening to reel in a target of 407 last week at the SCG.

“The wicket is certainly different to what it was in Sydney,” Smith said.

“There’s a bit more happening. We saw a few balls shoot up, a couple keep low, a couple went off the cracks.

“That’s playing on the batsman’s mind.

“It’s about being patient … letting the natural variation of the wicket take its course.”