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'My focus was on how I was going to score off every ball'

Sep 29, 2011: Mahela Jayawardene's recent fourth-innings hundred in Galle was one for the ages, produced over nearly four hours in conditions favouring the bowling side. He looks back at what went into the knock

As told to Daniel Brettig

Plane tales from the hills

Sep 27, 2011: Galle to Colombo? Our fearless correspondent takes an unconventional mode of transport and lives to tell the tale

Daniel Brettig

The left-hand advantage in Sri Lanka

Sep 23, 2011: Overseas left-hand batsmen have been far more successful in Sri Lanka than their right-hand counterparts

S Rajesh

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 5th day

At last, a captain's knock

Sep 20, 2011: Michael Clarke's poise as a leader has been striking, exhibiting a superb feel for the game. But he waited until the final day of the series to produce the sort of spinal contribution that can define a captain

Daniel Brettig at the SSC

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 5th day

Missed stumpings and a long conversation

Sep 20, 2011: Plays of the Day from the fifth day of the SSC Test between Sri Lanka and Australia

Daniel Brettig at the SSC

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 4th day

Marsh's lapse of reason

Sep 19, 2011: ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the day from the fourth day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, in Colombo

Daniel Brettig in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 4th day

A hundred that Mathews might grow to regret

Sep 19, 2011: Angelo Mathews crawled to his maiden Test century at the SSC, and in doing so, did the game more harm than good

Daniel Brettig in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, SSC, Colombo, 3rd day

Johnson still searching for consistency

Sep 18, 2011: Mitchell Johnson is struggling, and while it is not clear why, it could have something to do with his uneasy bowling action

Daniel Brettig in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

A wrestling match and a lucky catch

Sep 18, 2011: ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, in Colombo

Daniel Brettig in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

A stitch in time and lightning reflexes

Sep 17, 2011: ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, in Colombo

Daniel Brettig in Colombo

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

Another first-ball wicket and the milestone that wasn't

Sep 16, 2011: ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, in Colombo

Daniel Brettig in Colombo

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

Marsh shows up Ponting and Clarke

Sep 16, 2011: Shaun Marsh appeared to be the only man in Australia's top five to have an appropriate grasp of the demands of Test match batting

Daniel Brettig in Colombo

Kumar Sangakkara

'There's nothing that comes close to Test cricket'

Sep 15, 2011: Eleven years into his career, on the eve of his 100th Test, one of Sri Lanka's all-time greats looks back

Interview by Daniel Brettig

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 5th day

Harris as valuable as he is fragile

Sep 12, 2011: Australia's success thus far in Sri Lanka could not have taken place without Ryan Harris and his combination of speed, swing and seam

Daniel Brettig in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 4th day

Sri Lanka's batting finally comes good

Sep 11, 2011: While their bowling attack has been weakened by retirements, there are no excuses for Sri Lanka's batting failures in this series, and the batsmen took what was, perhaps, their last chance to assert themselves

Daniel Brettig in Pallekele

Michael Hussey, role model

Sep 11, 2011: He's got the shots, and he can grind when needed. Cricket needs more old-school batsmen like him, not the Suresh Rainas, bred on Twenty20

Ian Chappell

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Marsh performs, who will perish?

Sep 10, 2011: Shaun Marsh's debut century has opened up one of Australian cricket's most significant selection debates and has put pressure on numerous incumbents, including Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke

Daniel Brettig in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 4th day

Another missing frame and Hussey strikes again

Sep 9, 2011: ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, in Pallekele

Daniel Brettig in Pallekele

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

Sangakkara's role-switch, Watson's Dilshan-moment

Sep 9, 2011: ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, in Pallekele

Daniel Brettig in Pallekele

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

Newcastle revisited

Sep 9, 2011: Shaun Marsh's maiden first-class ton came in the company of Michael Hussey eight years ago in Newcastle, and, so far, he's looked good to repeat the feat in Test cricket in Pallekele

Daniel Brettig in Pallekele
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Tour Results
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC) - Sep 16-20, 2011
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele - Sep 8-12, 2011
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Australia at Galle - Aug 31-Sep 3, 2011
Australia won by 125 runs
SL Board XI v Australians at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 25-27, 2011
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 22, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
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