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Kusal Mendis sweeps

Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Mendis' triumph over improbability

On a crucial day, Kusal Mendis used his immaculate technique to find success where his team-mates failed, and it gave Sri Lanka some reason to celebrate after a recent bleak period

Lakshan Sandakan finished with 4 for 58 in his first Test innings

Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Pallekele, 2nd day

Sandakan steps out of the shadows

On the second day in Pallekele, debutant Lakshan Sandakan shook off the nerves and displayed some of the magic of his rare craft

Clouds roll in over the Pallekele International Stadium

Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Pallekele

Australian supporter jailed for indecent exposure

An Australia supporter has been jailed for seven days for indecent exposure, and fined 3000 rupees (approx. USD $21) for intoxication, after he streaked naked at Pallekele Stadium on Tuesday evening

Angelo Mathews takes a breather during training

Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Pallekele, 1st day

SLC is letting down Sri Lankan cricket

The national team's shortcomings pale in comparison with the gaping flaws in the body entrusted with administering cricket in Sri Lanka

Muttiah Muralitharan with Joe Burns at training

Australia tour of Sri Lanka 2016

Murali and SLC involved in war of words

SLC and Muttiah Muralitharan have traded caustic verbal blows following an altercation between Murali and the Sri Lanka team manager over Murali's consulting role with the Australia side

Angelo Mathews made the breakthrough before tea

Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Pallekele

Mathews frustrated with depleted bowling stocks

On the eve of a series which Angelo Mathews embarks upon without his two best seam bowlers of the past 18 months, Sri Lanka's captain has called on the coaching system to raise its game

Rangana Herath removed both openers

Australia in Sri Lanka 2016

Herath versus the mighty Australians?

Sri Lanka's lead spinner must feel like a bus driver in charge of a spluttering vehicle as the hosts strive to challenge a strong Australian side

Milinda Siriwardana cuts in the closing stages of the day

Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Pallekele

Siriwardana left out of Sri Lanka squad for first Test

Fast bowlers Vishwa Fernando and Asitha Fernando, and left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan have been flown in from Sri Lanka A's tour of England to the national squad for the first Test against Australia

Steve O'Keefe collected his second five-wicket haul of the tour match

Sri Lankan XI v Australians, 3rd day, P Sara Oval

O'Keefe ten-for crushes Sri Lankan XI

Steve O'Keefe picked up his second five-for in the match as Sri Lankan XI were bowled out for 82 to give the Australians victory by an innings and 162 runs on the third day of their tour fixture at P Sara Oval