Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC), Sep 16-20, 2011
Match drawn
16,17,18,19,20 September 2011 (5-day match)
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  • Overs 101-150

James: "And to think 10 months ago, most of Australia wanted Hussey dropped." The fielders go far and wide for Hussey.


Welegedara to Hussey, 2 runs, short ball, Hussey pulls in front of square and calls Lyon through for two


Welegedara to Hussey, no run, full ball outside off, Hussey lets it go


Welegedara to Hussey, 1 run, full delivery outside off stump, driven off the front foot through cover point


Welegedara to Lyon, no run, played off the pads on the leg side

Troy: "Jayawardene could learn something from Copeland there. Copeland took the fielder's word for the catch and that one was a more suspect (although it was out) than Clarke's catch of Jayawardene in the last test."


Welegedara to Lyon, no run, Lyon moves forward and pushes the ball towards point


Welegedara to Lyon, no run, Lyon plays a graceful straight drive to a full ball and the bowler sticks out his boot and stops it

End of over 101 (3 runs) Australia 301/9

    • NM Lyon 0 (9b)
    • MEK Hussey 106 (163b 11x4 1x6)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 21-6-75-3
    • HMRKB Herath 25-5-65-1

They've had another drinks break. Su: "@ Troy: if there is technology and you are unsure why not ask for it? Copeland could have if he wanted to."

Chris: "@James. Yup.We sure did. Hussey should never have played from 2009 to late 2010. His form a was hideous. Most of his series average were terrible eg. 17, 22, 35, 31, 23, 25... If the selectors hadda done the right thing and sent him back to Domestic cricket to regain form (instead of sacrificing Tests hoping he'd find form), he'd be now looking at a career average around a phenomenal 63."

The umpires are looking at the ball. It's out of shape and they've called for a replacement. Wonder why they didn't do it at drinks.


Herath to Hussey, no run, Hussey steps out to smother the turn and blocks


Herath to Hussey, no run, Hussey steps out again, gets to the pitch and plays to midwicket


Herath to Hussey, no run, tossed up by Herath, Hussey drives firmly to the bowler's left and Herath dives to cut it off


Herath to Hussey, no run, played back towards the bowler


Herath to Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to sweep a full ball but misses and gets hit on the pad, that pitched outside leg

The field comes in to try and keep Lyon on strike for the next over. Strong leg-side field.


Herath to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey beats the field by playing the reverse-sweep but he's placed and timed it so well that it will go for four to the point boundary, he loses strike but I doubt he will be too fussed

End of over 102 (4 runs) Australia 305/9

    • MEK Hussey 110 (169b 12x4 1x6)
    • NM Lyon 0 (9b)
    • HMRKB Herath 26-5-69-1
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 21-6-75-3

Eranga replaces Welegedara, bowling from over the wicket.


Eranga to Lyon, no run, Lyon strides forward and defends a good length ball with bat and pad close together


Eranga to Lyon, no run, good length and angling into the right-hander, defended on the front foot


Eranga to Lyon, 1 run, short of a length angled into the right-hander's body, Lyon tucks it around the corner and sets off

Robert Brown: "Yes, Troy do not try and make us Aussie's look like saints, we are not, when you go back through history we are no better than anyone when it comes to sportsman ship that is for sure."


Eranga to Hussey, no run, defended from the crease on the off side


Eranga to Hussey, 1 run, dropped at third man, but a really tough chance. Hussey charged the fast bowler and threw his bat at it, aiming to hit it through cover. The ball flew off the edge and went flat and quickly towards third man, where Herath ran in and dived forward but couldn't hold on.


Eranga to Lyon, no run, Lyon defends on the back foot to give the strike back to Hussey

End of over 103 (2 runs) Australia 307/9

    • NM Lyon 1 (13b)
    • MEK Hussey 111 (171b 12x4 1x6)
    • RMS Eranga 23-6-65-3
    • HMRKB Herath 26-5-69-1

Herath to Hussey, no run, Hussey comes forward and drives to the fielder at cover


Herath to Hussey, no run, Hussey drives towards long-on but refuses the single


Herath to Hussey, SIX, and that's why! Hussey steps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball and hoists it with the turn over the wide long-on boundary. Terrific strike.


Herath to Hussey, 1 run, now he takes the single after coming down the pitch and driving to long-on, Lyon has two to face


Herath to Lyon, 2 runs, oops, Lyon attempts the big sweep and doesn't execute it well at all, gets a bottom edge that misses stumps and keeper


Herath to Lyon, no run, that's the one that goes straight through and Lyon didn't pick it, I think he got an inside edge on to the pad else it would have been a good shout for lbw

End of over 104 (9 runs) Australia 316/9

    • NM Lyon 3 (15b)
    • MEK Hussey 118 (175b 12x4 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 27-5-78-1
    • RMS Eranga 23-6-65-3

Eranga to Hussey, no run, good length delivery angling across Hussey, who lets it go


Eranga to Hussey, no run, defended from the crease towards the off side


Eranga to Hussey, OUT, bowled him! Eranga caps a fine performance on debut with a slower ball, Hussey comes forward to push at it but gets an inside edge on to the stumps. Hussey goes after a terrific century - his 15th in Tests - and steering Australia past 300

MEK Hussey b Eranga 118 (253m 178b 12x4 2x6) SR: 66.29

11.40 am Lunch is at noon so, with ten minutes for the change of innings, Sri Lanka will have about ten minutes to negotiate before the break. Have Australia got enough? Well they've got the sort of first-innings score that makes for a cracking Test.

Daniel Alexander: "Aus bowled out for 316 on SSC pitch!! SL will take it any day." Given the SSC's record, this is true.

Time: "300+ is always a good score when you get sent in." That is also true.

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Hours of play (local time) 10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

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