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Sri Lanka left frustrated

Sri Lanka were planning to complain to the match referee after the fourth ODI against Australia in Sydney was farcically abandoned due to rain.

Sri Lanka were the clear favourites at 14 without loss in reply to Australia's 222 for nine before 90 minutes of drizzle denied the tourists the chance to secure a series victory.

A win by Sri Lanka would have seen them take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series, which concludes in Hobart on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene called on match officials to take a consistent approach to adverse weather after his side played in far worse conditions only three months ago.

"I think we can probably write to the match referee (Javagal Srinath) because the interpretation we got three months ago was something totally different," he said.

"It was deemed that we would only stop play if it was dangerous, not unfair.

"We played New Zealand three months ago and the interpretation of what we got in that series was quite different to what we got today.

"It's disappointing because at the SCG I would assume a ground of this magnitude should be able to get a game in."

Match officials deemed the outfield too wet to play, while the SCG claimed the rain was too light to sink into the ground and the lack of wind prevented the drying process.

Jayawardene said he would have bowled first before Australia skipper Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat.

"We were going to bowl first thinking if it comes to Duckworth-Lewis we probably have a better idea of what we're chasing," he said.

"Our guys bowled brilliantly, it was a great bowling effort that set the game up for us.

"With the rain coming in we probably had to get a run a ball with 10 wickets in hand, so it would have been a much easier chase.

"It's a little disappointing, but we can take a lot of positives out of the way we've come back into this series and how we've controlled things."