Aussies dominate first Test against Sri Lanka

Brisbane, November 9:

Australia hit 551-4 before declaring and reducing Sri Lanka to 31-2 at stumps on the second day of the first Test.

Michael Hussey, dropped on 13 on the first day, made 133 and Michael Clarke an unbeaten 145, the pair sharing a brilliant stand of 245 in Brisbane.

Muttiah Muralitharan, so dangerous for much of the time on Thursday, could not add to his Test wicket tally of 702.

Brett Lee then took two wickets with the new ball. Sanath Jayasuriya got the faintest of outside edges as he flayed well wide of the off-stump and Michael Vandort was undone by pace, also edging to Adam Gilchrist. Australia started the second day on 242-3, with Hussey 28 and Clarke five. Phil Jacques had scored 100 on the first day.

Clarke and Hussey had to concentrate after 10 months away from Test cricket and never played their shots with carefree abandon — scoring at a little over three runs an over in their partnership.

By lunch the scoreboard had moved along sweetly to 359-3 in 111 overs, with Hussey on 85 and Clarke 64. Hussey was the first to reach triple-figures, passing the milestone with a pair of leg-glanced fours off Chaminda Vaas.

Hussey’s century pushed his incredible Test average to 82.38 from 17 Tests but he eventually fell 15 minutes before tea, driving Dilhara Fernando on the up to Marvan Atapattu at short cover.