Australia may have seen a prime opportunity to blow open the third Test against Sri Lanka fly away as they stand 6-348, a lead of 48, at stumps on day two.
David Warner (85), Phillip Hughes (87) and Michael Clarke (50) each fell short of delivering a big individual score to knock out Sri Lanka for good. Matthew Wade (47) and Peter Siddle (16) remain at the crease heading into the third day.
Michael Hussey’s farewell to Test cricket didn’t end in the picturesque manner we were all hoping; the 37-year-old was run out when Clarke tried to call him through for a quick single.
Warner began the day off hot, hitting a few quick boundaries, but saw opening partner Ed Cowan depart early when he was run out off a shot from mid-wicket. Warner (50 from 37 balls) then put together a nice partnership with Hughes, who reached his 50 from 85 deliveries, but both were caught within half an hour of each other before a similar fate saw Clarke and Hussey both depart as well.
Wade, the last respectable batter remaining in the order, had a couple of jittery moments- Sri Lanka made spirited appeals for a caught behind and then caught at short-leg, but both were waved off.
On day one, Mahela Jayawardene helped an injury depleted Sri Lanka to a respectable first innings total of 294.
Without their number one batsman Kumar Sangakkara, injured in the previous Test, Jayawardene’s 72 at the SCG ended a slump with the bat in which he had amassed just 43 runs from the previous six innings. It was his first half-century away from home in 26 innings.
Jackson Bird, in just his second Test, and Mitchell Starc, returning from a forced break that caused him to miss the second Test, impressed with the ball, taking 4-41 and 3-71 respectively.
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