Player of the Match
Player of the Match

51 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | SL: 149/10

  • CAK Rajitha2 (14b)
  • MA Starc18-2-46-5
  • PJ Cummins8-2-15-3

Tim Paine receives the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy from former Australia batsman Michael Hussey. Something to smile about for the home side.

That concludes our coverage of this two-Test series. Sri Lanka now head to South Africa while Australia don't play Test cricket again until the Ashes begins at Edgbaston in August. Australia has two ODI tours to India and the UAE before the World Cup.

On behalf Andrew McGlashan, Binoy George and all the team this is Alex Malcolm saying goodbye from Canberra.


Tim Paine: "It's nice to get some reward. I've said all summer this group has been working really hard. I think we're starting to build towards something so it's great to get some reward for the work we've been putting in. It doesn't matter what the wicket is like or who you playing against. We were 3 for 30 in both innings and Travis Head in particular in those situations and Burnsy showed a lot of maturity and dug us out of trouble and put us in a commanding position. I thought the bowlers bowled beautifully together as a team. They built up pressure and allowed Starcy to really attack. The wicket didn't offer a lot but they kept smacking away and bowled beautifully. For our group to get some belief out of this will be excellent moving forward."

Dinesh Chandimal: "We were outplayed as a team in all departments. Credit goes to Australia. They have played some outstanding cricket throughout the series. They deserve to win. It was really tough. Especially in the last six months we couldn't get the right combination to finalise our best XI. That's one area we are concerned. That's part of the game. If you get the chance to play for your country you have to take it with both hands. We are a young team and always learning how to play, especially in these tough conditions. We will bounce back in South Africa."

Mitchell Starc is Player of the Match for his 10 wickets.

Starc: "I just tried to come here this week and forget about everything and bowl as fast as I could. We knew if we stuck to our plans, we had some momentum from Brisbane. Patty has been great and so too Jhye and the batters were sensational. It's the perfect way to round out the summer."

Pat Cummins is Player of the Series for his 14 wickets at an average of 7.

Cummins: "It was a pretty tough series against India but we got a good break and came into this series fresh and I'm pretty happy with how they came out."

Australia win by 366 runs. They win with over four sessions to spare. Australia win the series 2-0. It is their first series win since the Ashes in 2017-18. They have since lost to South Africa and Pakistan away and India at home. Starc was the star with the ball. He gets his 11th five-wicket haul in Tests and his 2nd 10-wicket haul. Cummins finishes with three wickets in the innings and 14 for the series.

Another horror defeat for Sri Lanka. They have to regroup very quickly as they head to South Africa on Wednesday.

Starc to Fernando, OUT, Bowled him! Starc gets 10! Australia win! 146kph, searing yorker, gun barrel straight fired into the base of middle and off, he gets the feet out of the way and jams the bat down but misses and it crashes into the base of the stumps!

MVT Fernando b Starc 0 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Starc to Fernando, no run, 147kph, dragged way down the leg side

Glenn: "@Grant - Head for me. 1 big hundred and 2 scores over 50 when we have been crying for runs! "

Starc to Fernando, no run, beaten and it just misses off stump! How did this miss!? He was squared up staying leg side, it beat the edge and just went past the top of off
Starc to Fernando, no run, 146kph, full and wide, feet anchored he waves the bat at it and misses
Starc to Rajitha, 1 run, 144kph, fuller on off, he defends on the front foot to the vacant point region, they have a mix up but eventually take an easy one
Starc to Rajitha, no run, beaten again! Six in seven for Starc. Full angled in, tailing away, beats the edge. Starc is laughing

50 | (wicket maiden) | SL: 148/9

  • MVT Fernando0 (5b)
  • CAK Rajitha1 (12b)
  • PJ Cummins8-2-15-3
  • MA Starc17-2-45-4

Grant : "Man of the match and series predictions? Cummins for series is my guess. "

Cummins to Fernando, no run, full and straight, he backs away and pokes at it nearly popping a return catch back to Cummins!
Cummins to Fernando, no run, 136kph, he's edging but well short of slip, again squared up by a back of a length delivery seaming away

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

1st18FDM KarunaratneHDRL Thirimanne
2nd10LD ChandimalHDRL Thirimanne
3rd30HDRL ThirimanneN Dickwella
4th25N DickwellaBKG Mendis
5th0MDKJ PereraBKG Mendis
6th14DM de SilvaBKG Mendis
7th46C KarunaratneBKG Mendis
8th0MDK PereraC Karunaratne
9th5MDK PereraCAK Rajitha
10th1MVT FernandoCAK Rajitha