Warne-Muralitharan Trophy - 1st Test

Sri Lanka v Australia

Australia won by 125 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Andrew: "Isn't Hugh guilty of damning current players before their time? I'm not saying they will or won't be considered "greats"; I'm just saying that the likes of Broad, Anderson, Steyn, Morkel, Swann and perhaps even someone like Sharma (people forget how young he is and the bowler he might be when he's 30) are capable of producing spells of bowling that are unplayable, even on today's manicured pitches. It's easy to dismiss current players through spurious comparisons with bowlers from different eras - you don't remember their rotten spells quite as easily."

50.1

Lakmal to Khawaja, 2 runs, bouncer, pulled away from outside off, hit into the ground, through midwicket for two

50.2

Lakmal to Khawaja, no run, another short ball, outside off, Khawaja sways from the line of the ball

50.3

Lakmal to Khawaja, no run, full, some late swing away from him, gets an edge into the ground, and then through towards slips. Falls well short of them too

50.4

Lakmal to Khawaja, 2 runs, pulled away again, from chest-high, and keeps it down too, gets a couple

Nathan has a surprising stat here: "OK, just counted. There are currently 11 players averaging 50 or more, take away the undisputed greats of the game in Tendulkar, Kallis, Ponting and Dravid that leaves just 7. A pretty exclusive club I'd have thought. And Sehwag and Sanga aren't far off being greats either."

50.5

Lakmal to Khawaja, no run, short of a length, around off, pushed to mid-off

50.6

Lakmal to Khawaja, no run, offcutter, pitches just outside leg, is defended in front of off

End of over 51 (4 runs) Australia 148/4
UT Khawaja    19* (52b)      RAS Lakmal    12-2-43-1
MEK Hussey    27* (76b 2x4)      S Randiv    8-1-17-0

"Andrew, McGrath never had a bad spell in his life." Brad, ooh aah, Glenn McGrath

51.1

Welegedara to Hussey, FOUR, short and wide, and Hussey welcomes this with a steer through the vacant third man region

Time to end this eras debate with this from Benny: "Eras of cricket aren't comparable, they are so different, but I don't think quality of player are getting better or worse, there are always going to be greats and there are always going to be not so greats."

Welegedara comes back

51.2

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, fuller, wide of off, left alone

51.3

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, full, a hint of late swing in towards Hussey, who pushes this to mid-off

Sri Lanka seems to be looking for reverse swing here

51.4

Welegedara to Hussey, 3 runs, and this one swings in late again, almost squeezing through, hits the inside half of the bat, past midwicket, for three runs

51.5

Welegedara to Khawaja, 1 run, more late swing, Khawaja is a bit more loose than Hussey, gets an inside edge onto the the pad. Sneaks in the single

51.6

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, yorker, this is surely reversing here. Big shout for lbw. Umpire Dar says not out. Dilshan challenges the call. Me, I would rarely question Dar. This is full, swinging in late, pitches in front of middle, hits him in front of leg, and would have missed the leg stump, so the original decision stays. Umpire Taufel, who is doing commentary right now, immediately made out from Dar's mannerisms that he had suggested right away to the third umpire that it was headed down. And so it turned out. I don't remember a bad spell for Dar! Meanwhile no reviews left for Sri Lanka

End of over 52 (8 runs) Australia 156/4
MEK Hussey    34* (81b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    11-4-46-0
UT Khawaja    20* (53b)      RAS Lakmal    12-2-43-1

Dilshan comes back on

52.1

Dilshan to Khawaja, no run, sharp offbreak, pitches just outside off, beats the tentative Khawaja

52.2

Dilshan to Khawaja, no run, right forward to push this to cover

52.3

Dilshan to Khawaja, 1 run, quick flat offbreak, gets an edge, which dies right away, and goes past slip for one

52.4

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, arm ball, around off, Hussey is right back to defend

52.5

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, full and flat, defended back to the bowler

52.6

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, slower through the air, Hussey defends off the front foot

End of over 53 (1 run) Australia 157/4
MEK Hussey    34* (84b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    6-1-10-0
UT Khawaja    21* (56b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    11-4-46-0

Last over before tea

53.1

Welegedara to Khawaja, no run, swing for Welegedara again, Khawaja shoulders arms, but this one doesn't swing in enough

53.2

Welegedara to Khawaja, OUT, Reverse swing! Timber! Khawaja's tentative stay ends. He has always shown the bowlers a tempting gap between bat and pad, and this time Welegedara sneaks through it. This is just short of a yorker length, Khawaja drives away from the body, and the late swing squeezes in to hit the stumps

UT Khawaja b Welegedara 21 (68m 58b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.20

3.10pm Time for tea then. Another gripping session. And with the ball reversing, another promising one in the offing. Do join us in 15 minutes or so

Welcome back. This will be a 150-minute session, light permitting. "I don't think you can compare comments from different eras. Some say the humour in the morning session was more enjoyable than the statistical analysis post lunch. Let's see what the final session brings." I'll take fewer umpiring drama, Glenn Rogers! Here's Haddin. Two slips in

53.3

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, angled away, easy for Haddin to leave it be

53.4

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, pitches middle and leg, swings away towards of, defended towards cover

53.5

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, Beaten! Pitches middle and off, just short of a length, seams away, beats the hanging bat

53.6

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, slower offcutter, Haddin is caught pushing in front of his body, it falls short of short extra cover, though

End of over 54 (wicket maiden) Australia 157/5
BJ Haddin    0* (4b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    12-5-46-1
MEK Hussey    34* (84b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    6-1-10-0

Nathan: "Aust desperately need to see out the day. Pressure, Haddin? Need to stand up and be counted in tough conditions"

54.1

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, full offbreak, pushed back to the bowler

54.2

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, short outside off, pushed to cover

54.3

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, short again, stays low, Hussey keeps this out

54.4

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, charges at him, pushes this to mid-off, and keeps going through for a single

54.5

Dilshan to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin edges first ball of spin! Doesn't turn in as much as he expects it to, ends up playing inside the line, the edge goes between keeper and slip. Didn't carry as far as slip, though

54.6

Dilshan to Haddin, no run, turning into the pads, defended to leg

End of over 55 (5 runs) Australia 162/5
BJ Haddin    4* (6b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    7-1-15-0
MEK Hussey    35* (88b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    12-5-46-1

55.1

Welegedara to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey covers the swing, opens the face, guides it through the vacant point region, and comes back for two

55.2

Welegedara to Hussey, FOUR, looks for the swinging yorker, it goes wrong, and Hussey clips this low full toss through midwicket. Typical Hussey. Waits for slight errors from the bowling side, and capitalises

55.3

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, pitched on a length, swinging in late, defended off the front foot

Standing outside the crease now

55.4

Welegedara to Hussey, 2 runs, this is the one that goes straight through, Hussey reaches out and pushes with an open face for another couple

55.5

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, covers the swing well, pushes this to mid-off

55.6

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, this is better, swinging in late, just short of a yorker length, Hussey plays it late, towards midwicket

End of over 56 (8 runs) Australia 170/5
MEK Hussey    43* (94b 4x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    13-5-54-1
BJ Haddin    4* (6b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    7-1-15-0

56.1

Dilshan to Haddin, 1 run, sharp offbreak, helped around the corner for one

Stays over the wicket to Hussey

56.2

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, tossed up around middle and leg, turning towards off, defended off the front foot

56.3

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, teasing flat delivery outside off, looks for the cut but decides against it eventually

56.4

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, right forward to smother the turn here

56.5

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, tossed up outside leg, Hussey opens the stance up a bit and defends

56.6

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, middle and leg again, Hussey closes the face early, but the leading edge falls short of Dilshan

End of over 57 (1 run) Australia 171/5
MEK Hussey    43* (99b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    8-1-16-0
BJ Haddin    5* (7b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    13-5-54-1

"Just wondering how many runs Katich would have made........" Justin, I hope Mr Hilditch is wondering the same

57.1

Welegedara to Haddin, FOUR, lovely extra cover drive. This is pitched on a length, wide outside off, Haddin is on a knee, and drives it through extra cover. All along the ground

57.2

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, this is closer to off, and Haddin leaves it be

57.3

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, full, middle and leg, moving towards off, defended back

57.4

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, short of a length, swinging away, pushed to cover

The keeper comes up to the stumps now

57.5

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, short of a length, defended with an angled bat

57.6

Welegedara to Haddin, 1 run, similar delivery, but Haddin places this to the right of point, and rushes through for a single

End of over 58 (5 runs) Australia 176/5
BJ Haddin    10* (13b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    14-5-59-1
MEK Hussey    43* (99b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    8-1-16-0

Dilshan continues

58.1

Dilshan to Haddin, no run, flat offbreak, into the pads, defended

58.2

Dilshan to Haddin, no run, another quick offbreak, turned to midwicket

58.3

Dilshan to Haddin, no run, goes deep into the crease to block this flat delivery outside off

58.4

Dilshan to Haddin, 1 run, full, on the pads, pushed to long-on

Stays over the wicket

58.5

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, Hussey is forward to defend this to point

58.6

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, short, on the pads, placed for a single wide of midwicket

End of over 59 (2 runs) Australia 178/5
MEK Hussey    44* (101b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    9-1-18-0
BJ Haddin    11* (17b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    14-5-59-1

"i think Mr. Hilditch is too busy looking for a job to worry how many runs Katto would have made." Alex, I would have thought it would take longer to wash hands off the mistakes he has made. It would weigh on my mind, for instance, even if I left the job

59.1

Welegedara to Hussey, 1 run, pushed to mid-off and charges through for a single. Hussey has alternated the strike superbly

59.2

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, full, around off, defended with an open face

"Surely Herath and Randiv should be bowling with the old ball?" James, Sri Lanka will always find ways to surprise you. Pre-match selections, tactics during the game...

59.3

Welegedara to Haddin, no run, short of a length, kicks off again, hits Haddin's fingers, but the ball doesn't lob up

59.4

Welegedara to Haddin, 1 run, more good running, tips this towards cover, and rushes through for one

Keeper goes back for Hussey

59.5

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, full and wide, slight shape back in, driven to extra cover

59.6

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, full and swinging in, but he seems tired now - this is 126ks, pushed to mid-off

End of over 60 (2 runs) Australia 180/5
MEK Hussey    45* (104b 4x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    15-5-61-1
BJ Haddin    12* (20b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    9-1-18-0

Finally we have Rangana Herath into the attack. Long time coming

60.1

Herath to Haddin, no run, tossed up just outside off, Haddin shoulders arms and watches it turn away

Two slips and an FSL

60.2

Herath to Haddin, no run, Haddin is forward to defend this length ball outside off

60.3

Herath to Haddin, no run, tossed up, slightly wide, left alone

60.4

Herath to Haddin, no run, this is the straighter one, less air, Haddin goes back to defend

60.5

Herath to Haddin, no run, slight flight, and Haddin is quick to press forward. Defends this back

60.6

Herath to Haddin, no run, another forward-defensive, this time towards cover

End of over 61 (maiden) Australia 180/5
BJ Haddin    12* (26b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    17-2-40-3
MEK Hussey    45* (104b 4x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    15-5-61-1

Double change. Here is Suraj Randiv. A slip, a silly point, an FSL

61.1

Randiv to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off, defended to silly point

61.2

Randiv to Hussey, no run, Hussey leave the crease, is beaten in the flight, pushes to silly point, and rushes back into the crease

61.3

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, only slightly short, and he is quick to go back and place it past point for one

Round the wicket to Haddin

61.4

Randiv to Haddin, no run, Lovely bowling. You could see the extra revs on this. Pitched outside off, turned back, through the gap, hit the knee roll. Extra bounce saved an lbw here

61.5

Randiv to Haddin, no run, flighted outside off, defended to cover

61.6

Randiv to Haddin, no run, flatter, quicker, stays back and plays this back to the bowler

End of over 62 (1 run) Australia 181/5
BJ Haddin    12* (29b 2x4)      S Randiv    9-1-18-0
MEK Hussey    46* (107b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    17-2-40-3

62.1

Herath to Hussey, no run, turning in towards off, defended

62.2

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, swept away for a single

62.3

Herath to Haddin, no run, Haddin presses half-forward to defend this

62.4

Herath to Haddin, no run, huge turn, Warnesque, pitches outside leg, beats the bat, hits the back pad in front of off. Sri Lanka are excited about a catch to gully, but it hasn't hit bat

62.5

Herath to Haddin, no run, smothers the spin after pressing forward

62.6

Herath to Haddin, no run, flighted outside off, left alone

End of over 63 (1 run) Australia 182/5
BJ Haddin    12* (33b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    18-2-41-3
MEK Hussey    47* (109b 4x4)      S Randiv    9-1-18-0

Randiv over the wicket now

63.1

Randiv to Hussey, no run, flighted around middle and leg, defended

63.2

Randiv to Hussey, no run, Hussey gives him the charge, gets to the pitch of the ball, pushes to cover

63.3

Randiv to Hussey, no run, slightly shorter, and Hussey is right back to defend

63.4

Randiv to Hussey, no run, stretches well forward to this flighted delivery and defends

63.5

Randiv to Hussey, no run, pitches outside leg, covers the turn, plays it back to the bowler

63.6

Randiv to Hussey, FOUR, a hard-working yet pretty unobtrusive sort of fifty on a tough pitch. This is flighted around middle an doff, he comes forward and punches this between mid-off and the bowler. Michael Clarke and others applaud from the balcony

End of over 64 (4 runs) Australia 186/5
MEK Hussey    51* (115b 5x4)      S Randiv    10-1-22-0
BJ Haddin    12* (33b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    18-2-41-3

64.1

Herath to Haddin, 1 run, full, on the pads, worked wide of midwicket for one

64.2

Herath to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off, driven to extra cover

64.3

Herath to Hussey, no run, pushes at this one with bat and pad close together, defends towards cover

64.4

Herath to Hussey, no run, Close! Looks to sweep this from outside off, plays the wrong line, the ball turns in sharply, misses the off stump not by much

64.5

Herath to Hussey, no run, another flighted delivery, Hussey resists all temptation and defends

64.6

Herath to Hussey, no run, lovely bowling, pushed through, 94ks, Hussey is taken by surprise, is late into it, is beaten, and is hit on the knee roll when deep in the crease. Huge shout obviously, but they are not getting any lbws from Kettleborough

End of over 65 (1 run) Australia 187/5
MEK Hussey    51* (120b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    19-2-42-3
BJ Haddin    13* (34b 2x4)      S Randiv    10-1-22-0

65.1

Randiv to Haddin, SIX, lovely straight drive. Beautiful swing of the arms after taking half a step down the track. Right over the bowler's head

65.2

Randiv to Haddin, no run, flighted outside off, this time Haddin defends

65.3

Randiv to Haddin, FOUR, more elegant batting from Haddin. Comes forward again, and swings his arms through it rather than trying to hit it hard. Clears mid-on with ease

Goes over the wicket

65.4

Randiv to Haddin, no run, driven along the ground, towards extra cover

65.5

Randiv to Haddin, 1 run, Nearly there! Sharp offbreak, Haddin pushes at it in front of his body, gets an inside edge that bisects forward and backward short legs

65.6

Randiv to Hussey, no run, tossed up around middle and leg, defended towards mid-off

End of over 66 (11 runs) Australia 198/5
MEK Hussey    51* (121b 5x4)      S Randiv    11-1-33-0
BJ Haddin    24* (39b 3x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    19-2-42-3

No replays for that lbw shout off the last ball of Herath's last over so far

66.1

Herath to Haddin, no run, full outside off, defended back to Herath

66.2

Herath to Haddin, no run, slower through the air, middle and leg, turning towards off, Haddin defends off the back foot

66.3

Herath to Haddin, no run, this one keeps drifting in, Haddin plays it late, back to the bowler

66.4

Herath to Haddin, no run, flighted outside off, Haddin doesn't play at it

66.5

Herath to Haddin, no run, low-arm this time, it turns big too, but it is pitched well outside off, and he doesn't play at it

66.6

Herath to Haddin, no run, flat, accurate, defended off the back foot

End of over 67 (maiden) Australia 198/5
BJ Haddin    24* (45b 3x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    20-3-42-3
MEK Hussey    51* (121b 5x4)      S Randiv    11-1-33-0

Simon says, "The betting agency popping up on the cricinfo screen is stating that the par score for Australia from here is 305. I think Clarke would take that in a heartbeat"

67.1

Randiv to Hussey, SIX, another top shot from Hussey. Charges at Randiv, goes inside out over mid-off for the second six of the series. He was so close to the pitch of the ball the turn couldn't have bothered him

67.2

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, placed wide of mid-on for one

67.3

Randiv to Haddin, OUT, Sharp offbreak, sharp catch! This is quick, turning in sharply, Haddin turns it around the corner... around the corner is Mathews at backward short leg who takes a smart low catch in front of him

BJ Haddin c Mathews b Randiv 24 (44m 46b 3x4 1x6) SR: 52.17

"The disgruntled bank CLARKE moved towards the window ledge. "I've HADDIN ough, I'm sick of the HARRISMENT and I'm ending it all. HUGHES with me? I'm sorry, I can't COPE." "LAND on the LYON skins spread out below!" called a passing HUSSEY. "Don't be a KHAW. A JAm sandwich will make you feel better. Forgive me for PONTING this out, but you'd be better off sat on the JOHN, SON, wondering WATSON the telly." Steve Wood, how about working a little?

Here's Johnson

67.4

Randiv to Johnson, no run, this one doesn't turn in, pitches middle and leg, goes with the arm, beats him, hits him on the pad, but would have slid down the leg side

67.5

Randiv to Johnson, no run, sharp turn and bounce outside off, Jayawardene is a jumping jack while collecting this

67.6

Randiv to Johnson, no run, flighted outside off, Johnson gets forward and defends

End of over 68 (7 runs) Australia 205/6
MG Johnson    0* (3b)      S Randiv    12-1-40-1
MEK Hussey    58* (123b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    20-3-42-3

68.1

Herath to Hussey, no run, swept hard, into the shoulder of Paranavitana at forward short leg

68.2

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, defended with an open face, gets a single to vacant point region

68.3

Herath to Johnson, no run, floated outside off, left alone, not much turn

68.4

Herath to Johnson, no run, nicely flighted, gets him driving away from the body, gets the inside edge, towards mid-on

68.5

Herath to Johnson, no run, teasingly slow outside off, Johnson shoulders arms

68.6

Herath to Johnson, no run, quicker, closer to off, defended

"Hussey's six was the SECOND six of the series...two overs after the one Haddin hit!" Thanks Dan. I don't why but I thought Haddin's went one-bounce. Correction made, though

End of over 69 (1 run) Australia 206/6
MG Johnson    0* (7b)      HMRKB Herath    21-3-43-3
MEK Hussey    59* (125b 5x4 1x6)      S Randiv    12-1-40-1

Steve Wood is building fan base. Here's a request from Alistair: "That was very clever Steve Wood. Now do one with the Sri Lankan team's names" Yeah, Steve, let's see how you do with Welegedara and Paranavitana

69.1

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes this to long-off for one

69.2

Randiv to Johnson, no run, beats him with an offbreak just outside off. Johnson's bat stays inside the line

This from Madhu: "In Tests since his debut, among Australian batsmen, Mike Hussey's aggregate of 4701 runs is second only to Ricky Ponting's 4998 runs. Among all Australian batsmen with 1000-plus runs in the same period, his average of 51.65 is the highest "

69.3

Randiv to Johnson, no run, sharp turn and bounce, beats the outside edge. Chest-high for PJ

69.4

Randiv to Johnson, no run, this time left alone outside off

69.5

Randiv to Johnson, no run, dip, turn and bounce. Pitches on a length, in front of off, turns away, and bounces over the stumps

69.6

Randiv to Johnson, no run, this is a touch too straight, and Johnson defends off the front foot

End of over 70 (1 run) Australia 207/6
MG Johnson    0* (12b)      S Randiv    13-1-41-1
MEK Hussey    60* (126b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    21-3-43-3

70.1

Herath to Hussey, no run, full and straight, pushed to mid-on

70.2

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, sharp turn here, but this is short, and Hussey goes deep into the crease to help this around the corner

70.3

Herath to Johnson, no run, more flight, drift and turn, Johnson goes to drive away from the body, against the turn, gets an inside edge because of the turn

70.4

Herath to Johnson, no run, stays back this time, but it kicks off towards the rib region

70.5

Herath to Johnson, no run, defended off the front foot, but not very convincingly, as this too kicks off from a length

70.6

Herath to Johnson, no run, pushed away from the body, but off the middle of the bat, towards mid-off

End of over 71 (1 run) Australia 208/6
MG Johnson    0* (16b)      HMRKB Herath    22-3-44-3
MEK Hussey    61* (128b 5x4 1x6)      S Randiv    13-1-41-1

71.1

Randiv to Hussey, no run, Hussey pushes forward and defends this back to Randiv

71.2

Randiv to Hussey, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Hussey defends this back to him

71.3

Randiv to Hussey, no run, comes down the track, right to the pitch of the ball, drives it back to Randiv

71.4

Randiv to Hussey, no run, tossed up outside off, spins away, Hussey plays with soft hands and an open face. Short third man is sharp, though

71.5

Randiv to Hussey, no run, Edged and well short. Lovely bowling, pitches middle and off, turns away, Hussey's hands are soft, the edge is soft, and Mahela takes it on a half-volley at first slip

71.6

Randiv to Hussey, no run, quicker, defended towards cover

End of over 72 (maiden) Australia 208/6
MEK Hussey    61* (134b 5x4 1x6)      S Randiv    14-2-41-1
MG Johnson    0* (16b)      HMRKB Herath    22-3-44-3

Marcus: "@ Madhu- And yet he was a dead man walking before his magnificent innings in Brisbane. Just another sign of the goldfish-esque memories of the selection panel. And don't get me started on Simon Katich..."

72.1

Herath to Johnson, no run, this is the carrom ball, pitches middle and leg, holds its line, hits Johnson in front of middle and leg. Kettleborough says no, and replays show a faint edge on the way

72.2

Herath to Johnson, 2 runs, driven uppishly, not in control, but finds the gap in the covers

72.3

Herath to Johnson, 1 run, flat, short, placed past point for one

72.4

Herath to Hussey, no run, on the back foot to defend this one

72.5

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, sweeps this along the ground for one

72.6

Herath to Johnson, no run, flighted outside off, Johnson is well forward to defend

End of over 73 (4 runs) Australia 212/6
MG Johnson    3* (20b)      HMRKB Herath    23-3-48-3
MEK Hussey    62* (136b 5x4 1x6)      S Randiv    14-2-41-1

73.1

Randiv to Hussey, no run, driven with the turn, can't beat extra cover

73.2

Randiv to Hussey, FOUR, the calculating genius of Hussey, plays the rare aerial sweep shot, but in front of square, for four through midwicket

73.3

Randiv to Hussey, no run, slower through the air, defends off the front foot

73.4

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, lovely running, just tips and runs to cover, and of all the places Sri Lanka is the toughest place to keep taking sharp singles all day long

73.5

Randiv to Johnson, no run, slightly short of a length, defended with an open face

73.6

Randiv to Johnson, 2 runs, Johnson's patience ends. He goes for the slog-sweep, gets a thick top edge over the slips

End of over 74 (7 runs) Australia 219/6
MG Johnson    5* (22b)      S Randiv    15-2-48-1
MEK Hussey    67* (140b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    23-3-48-3

Simon: "Though it hardly bares bringing up again, since 2008 Katich has outperformed Hussey and Ponting by much more than I'd originally thought. Katich (2928@50.48 in 61 innings), Ponting (2892@41.31 in 72 innings), Hussey (2777@41.44 in 73 innings)"

74.1

Herath to Hussey, no run, quick, full, 93ks Hussey adjusts well, bringing the bat down in time

74.2

Herath to Hussey, 2 runs, helped towards fine leg for a couple

74.3

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, guides this past point for one

74.4

Herath to Johnson, 2 runs, flighted outside off, driven against the turn, middle of the bat, along the ground, gets a couple

74.5

Herath to Johnson, 1 run, drifting into the pads, helped away into the leg side

Round the wicket

74.6

Herath to Hussey, no run, floated across him, defended off the back foot

End of over 75 (6 runs) Australia 225/6
MEK Hussey    70* (144b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    24-3-54-3
MG Johnson    8* (24b)      S Randiv    15-2-48-1

75.1

Randiv to Johnson, no run, turn and bounce again, beats the outside edge as Johnson looks to defend

Two slips and a short leg

75.2

Randiv to Johnson, no run, big appeal for a catch at the wicket. There is sharp turn and bounce, but there is also daylight between bat and pad. The shout more in hope than conviction. Can't fool Mr Dar

75.3

Randiv to Johnson, 2 runs, too straight, worked into the leg side for two

75.4

Randiv to Johnson, 2 byes, Where did this come from? Pitched on a length, just outside off, and explodes, chest high, and even PJ can't collect this

75.5

Randiv to Johnson, no run, and he misses the edge again! This is flighted again, pitches on a length, in front of off, and with a puff of dust, kicks off. PJ does well this time to collect it

75.6

Randiv to Johnson, FOUR, poor delivery to end the over, and Johnson is alert enough to crash this short delivery through the covers for four

End of over 76 (8 runs) Australia 233/6
MG Johnson    14* (30b 1x4)      S Randiv    16-2-54-1
MEK Hussey    70* (144b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    24-3-54-3

Lakmal comes back now

76.1

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, starts with a full ball on the pads, and is picked away for a single

76.2

Lakmal to Johnson, no run, angled across Johnson, left alone

76.3

Lakmal to Johnson, no run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, hits Johnson's pads in front of middle. Rightly given not out

James: "Mitch;s defence seems to involve only a vague idea of where the stumps are. Bit like his bowling, really."

76.4

Lakmal to Johnson, OUT, soft soft dismissal after many much more menacing deliveries! This is short and wide, going wider, but Johnson goes for the pull as opposed to the cut, and gets a faint bottom edge through to PJ. It was so innocuous the slips didn't even realise he had edged it!

MG Johnson c †HAPW Jayawardene b Lakmal 14 (36m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.42

Ryan Harris is the new batsman in

76.5

Lakmal to Harris, no run, shortish, widish, Harris leaves it be

76.6

Lakmal to Harris, no run, good thinking, tries to slip in the yorker, off-stump line, Harris keeps it out, though

End of over 77 (1 run) Australia 234/7
RJ Harris    0* (2b)      RAS Lakmal    13-2-44-2
MEK Hussey    71* (145b 6x4 1x6)      S Randiv    16-2-54-1

77.1

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey keeps nudging and deflecting. this time he stretches forward and drops this towards point for a single

So five balls for Randiv to Harris. A slip, two short legs, one in front and one behind

77.2

Randiv to Harris, no run, this one turns in sharply, Harris plays towards the short legs, but bisects them

77.3

Randiv to Harris, 1 run, uppishly played, but between forward short leg and short midwicket

"Hussey left to man the barricades alone, while the rest collapse around him. Rahul Dravid getting his mobile number for a sympathy call as I write." James, I thought Dravid might be getting ready for his T20I debut. Interestingly he announced his retirement from the format before making the debut

77.4

Randiv to Hussey, no run, sharp turn and bounce, but this is pitched outside off, and he doesn't play at it

77.5

Randiv to Hussey, no run, presses right forward to defend this to cover

77.6

Randiv to Hussey, no run, slower offbreak, short to, Hussey covers the stumps, and shoulders arms

End of over 78 (2 runs) Australia 236/7
MEK Hussey    72* (149b 6x4 1x6)      S Randiv    17-2-56-1
RJ Harris    1* (4b)      RAS Lakmal    13-2-44-2

78.1

Lakmal to Harris, OUT, Finally they get an lbw out of Kettleborough. This takes a long internal deliberation, though. This is short outside off, Harris doesn't offer a shot, the ball seams back in sharply, and hits him just under the knee roll, just outside off. Because he was not playing a shot, the point of impact was irrelevant. To me, it looked like it would have the the top of off. Kettleborough takes his time before sending Harris on his way. Harris mulls a review, but doesn't ask for it. I tell you what, the ball projection shows this didn't come back in to hit the stumps! Even if Harris thought he was out, he should have gone for that strategic review

RJ Harris lbw b Lakmal 1 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Right. Here's the debutant Copeland

78.2

Lakmal to Copeland, FOUR, gets a nice juicy full toss on the pads, and he glances it fine for an easy boundary. Sri Lanka is a very welcoming country, Trent

78.3

Lakmal to Copeland, no run, back of a length, defended to leg

78.4

Lakmal to Copeland, no run, length ball, pushed to cover

78.5

Lakmal to Copeland, no run, full and wide, left alone harmlessly

78.6

Lakmal to Copeland, no run, another harmless wide delivery, watches it through to PJ

End of over 79 (4 runs) Australia 240/8
TA Copeland    4* (5b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    14-2-48-3
MEK Hussey    72* (149b 6x4 1x6)      S Randiv    17-2-56-1

A slip and a silly point for Hussey

79.1

Randiv to Hussey, no run, pitched up outside off, left alone to turn away

79.2

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, slightly short, Hussey rocks back and cuts, doesn't farm the strike

79.3

Randiv to Copeland, no run, sharp offbreak, padded away safely, the bounce means he couldn't have been lbw

79.4

Randiv to Copeland, no run, more turn and bounce, and he lets this one hits his thigh pad

79.5

Randiv to Copeland, FOUR, sweeps and sweeps effectively. Difficult shot for a tall man, but he sees this is close enough to him, and goes for it. Keeps it along the ground

79.6

Randiv to Copeland, no run, overpitched around off, defended to cover

End of over 80 (5 runs) Australia 245/8
TA Copeland    8* (9b 2x4)      S Randiv    18-2-61-1
MEK Hussey    73* (151b 6x4 1x6)      RAS Lakmal    14-2-48-3

The new ball is available. SL don't take it

80.1

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, Lakmal is short of a length, middle and leg, Hussey is solid as ever

80.2

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, fuller, but too straight, and he has worked it away into the leg side for one

Ian Spencer: "Here's the answer to Steve Wood. Apologies to Lakmal, who didn't fit in.

R AND IV were walking along. They watched how MAT HEWS at a piece of wood and SANG "AKKARA". "Where's Jay" they asked. Mat replied "HER AT H. Why?". R and Iv answered „JAY AWARD ENE". "How will you get to H?" asked Mat. "We are using the psychic direction device, it's called a PARA-NAVI-TANA". "Careful when you pass Sam" said Mat, "because Sam is a big busted Egyptian god worshipper". Astounded they replied "SAM A RAW EE RA! Oh no, because WE LEG(G)ED A RA yesterday". Mat scowled "You guys are DILS. HAN' over your money now"."

80.3

Lakmal to Copeland, FOUR, Copeland is hitting boundary after boundary! Short of a length, into the pads, nicely flicked away past square leg. Specialist batsmen would be proud of this

80.4

Lakmal to Copeland, no run, short outside off, he lets PJ do the collecting

80.5

Lakmal to Copeland, no run, full, outside off, driven handsomely, can't beat extra cover

80.6

Lakmal to Copeland, no run, floated wide outside off, Copeland doesn't play at it

End of over 81 (5 runs) Australia 250/8
TA Copeland    12* (13b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    15-2-53-3
MEK Hussey    74* (153b 6x4 1x6)      S Randiv    18-2-61-1

"I saw Trent Copeland hit a half century in the Pura Cup last year. He has all the strokes. Used to be a batsmen/keeper." Tim, that's tall for a keeper!

So will they take the new ball after this drinks break? I reckon they should. Even spinners might like it. Smudgeon meanwhile has revolutionary ideas. "Well, Copeland's strike rate is currently better than Gilly's. Watch your back, Haddin..."

81.1

Randiv to Hussey, no run, tossed up outside off, there is turn and bounce, but Hussey doesn't play at it

81.2

Randiv to Hussey, no run, flatter, outside off, Hussey defends with an open face

81.3

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length, gets on his toes, and punches this for a single to sweeper-cover

81.4

Randiv to Copeland, no run, drift, dip, turn, bounce, too good, because this turns back in through the bat-pad gap, misses the edge, and bounces over the stumps

81.5

Randiv to Copeland, no run, overspinner, middle and off, doesn't turn, Copeland defends

81.6

Randiv to Copeland, OUT, Sharp turn, simple bat-pad catch. This is flighted, draws Copeland forward, who looks to play this to leg, is not close to the pitch of the ball, gets an inside edge onto the pad, and an easy catch accrues for short leg

TA Copeland c Paranavitana b Randiv 12 (21m 16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

End of over 82 (1 run) Australia 251/9
     S Randiv    19-2-62-2
MEK Hussey    75* (156b 6x4 1x6)      RAS Lakmal    15-2-53-3

One debutant goes, another comes in. Nathan Lyon will be at the non-striker's, though. Hussey 25 short of a century

82.1

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, low full toss, Hussey flicks this to mid-on

82.2

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, Hussey charges at him and drives him straight down the ground... into the stumps at the non-striker's end

After Australia and Sri Lanka, it's India's turn. Courtesy Jimmy Dicks: "This is a text I sent to my local team ahead of our fixture against the Bristol Indians: Say, wags! Let's hope it doesn't Raina tomorrow. Meet at our club promptly at 12.30 and please Dhon't be Lax, man. Ishan't wait for late Kumars. We Khan Drav in convoy so we don't Mishra the turning to the ground. Suresh eggs is eggs we'll be Singhing tomorrow when we beat the Bristol Indians. I must be careful not to eat too many cheese sandwiches at tea or Ah-mit(e) get Gout,am-ay need a large sick bag...think I'll put a Sachin my car just in case. V.V.Sorry if you're still in Bedi and this wakes you up"

82.3

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, low full toss again, driven back to Lakmal

82.4

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, clipped away for one, happy to give the No. 11 two balls to survive

82.5

Lakmal to Lyon, no run, nice yorker first up for the debutant. Swings in late, towards off, Lyon keeps this out

82.6

Lakmal to Lyon, no run, Lyon is well for ward to push this length ball to point

End of over 83 (1 run) Australia 252/9
NM Lyon    0* (2b)      RAS Lakmal    16-2-54-3
MEK Hussey    76* (160b 6x4 1x6)      S Randiv    19-2-62-2

In-and-out field for Hussey

83.1

Randiv to Hussey, SIX, Has Welegedara pulled off a special catch? No he hasn't! This is a six! Hussey comes down the ground, chips this inside out towards long-off, Welegedara back-pedals and takes a good catch, only for his heel to step on the skirting. He claims the catch, though, but replays prove him wrong. Peter Siddle kept gesturing, asking them to stay and wait for the replays

83.2

Randiv to Hussey, no run, flat delivery, Hussey deep in the crease to defend

83.3

Randiv to Hussey, no run, another flat delivery, defended again

83.4

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, and he takes a single with two balls to go. Drops this into the vastly vacant cover region for one

"You better hope it doesn't "Raina" at your game, because if it does there could be a lot of low scores" Ha ha, Blake

83.5

Randiv to Lyon, no run, flighted outside off, Lyon is well forward to defend

83.6

Randiv to Lyon, no run, sharp offbreak again, but Lyon defends this towards short leg

End of over 84 (7 runs) Australia 259/9
NM Lyon    0* (4b)      S Randiv    20-2-69-2
MEK Hussey    83* (164b 6x4 2x6)      RAS Lakmal    16-2-54-3

Now for some Pakistani fun. Here, from Rach: "remember the good old puns. I've got a Pakistani one.

The Sea-Gul asked the Danish pastry, 'Do you like the Salman fish?' The Danish replied, 'Asif.'"

84.1

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, length ball on the pads, Hussey turns down the single

"England's the easiest - it's just all about a nice night in - Cook some Swann with some Onions, a bit of shark Finn soup to start, Prior to sitting down and listening to some Strauss on the mOrgan. Just Broad strokes, but you get the idea. I hate myself." Yes Hugh, England don't count. It's like scoring a century off RP Singh

84.2

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, driven to long-off, but refuses the single again

84.3

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, driven to long-off, and he turns down another single

I tell you what, Pakistan tried these tactics against Hussey at the SCG, and paid heavily

84.4

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, and Hussey takes the single off the fourth ball again, worked away off the pads

This is frustrating to watch. Four of the six balls of every over are non-events now

84.5

Lakmal to Lyon, no run, full toss, driven to long-off

84.6

Lakmal to Lyon, no run, and he gets another yorker, which he ably keeps out

End of over 85 (1 run) Australia 260/9
NM Lyon    0* (6b)      RAS Lakmal    17-2-55-3
MEK Hussey    84* (168b 6x4 2x6)      S Randiv    20-2-69-2

Again singles available all over the ground

85.1

Randiv to Hussey, no run, Short and wide, cut away, turns down the single

85.2

Randiv to Hussey, no run, cut away again, keeps the strike again

85.3

Randiv to Hussey, no run, jumps out of the crease, beaten in the flight, thrusts his pad forward

85.4

Randiv to Hussey, SIX, Hussey's gem continues! Hits a six off the fourth ball of this over. Gives him the charge again, makes room, and lofts over long-on. Enters the 90s. Ponting applauds from the balcony

The field doesn't quite come up to save the single

85.5

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, and Hussey reverse-paddles this to take the single. He is clearly out-thinking Sri Lanka here

85.6

Randiv to Lyon, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone, turns back a long way, but not enough

End of over 86 (7 runs) Australia 267/9
NM Lyon    0* (7b)      S Randiv    21-2-76-2
MEK Hussey    91* (173b 6x4 3x6)      RAS Lakmal    17-2-55-3

"It's a shame these wordsmiths have not had the opportunity to use Warne and Beer in the same sentence. Would have been interesting. And I think there was a Hurley that played Shield cricket once." Jimmy, Warne might tweet all this, for all you know

Dilshan to bowl meanwhile

86.1

Dilshan to Hussey, 2 leg byes, sharp offbreak, pitches middle and off, beats the sweep, hits the pad, but would never had hit the stumps. Hussey takes two leg-byes

A lot of feedback to my comment that the first four balls are non-events. Surely I didn't mean to say Hussey is being bring. All I said was Sri Lanka are not trying to take a wicket - on an average - four balls an over

86.2

Dilshan to Hussey, FOUR, and in the meantime, Hussey keeps going on. This is too straight and too full, Hussey sweeps this fine, beats long leg, is now one shot away from a hundred

86.3

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, long hop, pulled away, turns down the single

86.4

Dilshan to Hussey, OUT, Given leg-before! Again it's the straighter ball from an offspinner that has done the damage here. This pitched outside off, Hussey defended, playing for the spin, the ball went on with the arm, hit the pad, right in front of off. Kettleborough took his time, then raised the finger. Hussey reviewed it just in case. Replays say there is no just in case here

MEK Hussey lbw b Dilshan 95 (246m 177b 7x4 3x6) SR: 53.67

The umpires think the light has gone bad enough to make the Sri Lanka batsmen head off without having to face what could have been a testing over. That will be it from us for today. This is Sidharth Monga signing off on behalf of Cricinfo. Join us tomorrow for the second day's action

Nevertheless a superb innings from Hussey. The Sri Lankans congratulte him as he walks off. Michael Clarke applauds from the balcony. Despite Hussey's superb 95, though, Sri Lanka will be pleased to have restricted Australia to 273 after losing the toss. They will have one over to bat today. Generally, though, they wouldn't want to bat last on this wicket. Which means they will want a huge first-innings lead

Here's James on Beer: "I have long suspected Beer's selection was due to a misunderstanding at a selection meeting attended by Merv Hughes and David Boon. "How about Beer?", asked Andrew Hilditch. Boon and Hughes "Great idea, mate""

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Series 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
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