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Player of the Match

Day 4

584dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Harris takes five in Australia's victory

The Michael Clarke era might not match the Ricky Ponting years for sheer victory numbers, but Clarke has at least started his tenure as Australia's full-time Test captain the same way as his predecessor - with a comfortable win over Sri Lanka in Galle

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Ricky Ponting to miss second Test

Ricky Ponting's 100th Test win arrived in the nick of time to allow him to fly home for the birth of his second child

Day 3

584dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia five wickets from victory

Ryan Harris bowled Australia to within sight of victory on the third day in Galle, but a fighting half-century from Mahela Jayawardene ensured the match would spill into the fourth day

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Hostile Harris gets reward

Ryan Harris scooped 3 for 24 on day three as Australia closed in on a deserved victory, and rightly viewed his success as the reward for consistently hostile and accurate bursts

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Australia's heart-starter

This Australian side is an enormous distance from being a great team, or even a very good one, but it has shown willingness to work hard and scrap heartily for success

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Problems with the pitch-mat?

Plays of the Day from the third day of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Australia

Day 2

584dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Debutant Lyon puts Australia in control

Sixteen wickets fell on the second day in Galle, where Australia finished in a powerful position to push for victory thanks to Nathan Lyon's five wickets on debut

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Umpires ask ICC to look in to Hughes' dismissal

Simon Taufel has referred Phil Hughes' lbw dismissal in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia to the ICC as a serious question mark against the accuracy of Hawk-Eye, the ball tracking technology

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Nathan Lyon's debut in the sun

Offspinner Nathan Lyon, a groundsman by trade, took 5 for 34 on debut to skittle Sri Lanka for 105 in Galle

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Dream debuts and unpaid bills

ESPNcricinfo's Plays of the Day from the second day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Galle

Day 1

584dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Hussey resists on tough day for Australia's batsmen

On the first day of the series Rangana Herath and Suranga Lakmal put Sri Lanka on top, but by stumps the Australians had found a stabilising ingredient, Michael Hussey, whose 95 kept them in the game

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Debuts, delays and deluxe views

ESPNcricinfo's Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Galle


584dDaniel Brettig

Greig's smile, Lyon's chance

The stories behind the stories, in our reporter's recap of his first fortnight in Sri Lanka covering the Australia tour

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

The new and improved Shane Watson

Armed with reverse-swing, suffocating accuracy and a pace only mildly above medium, Shane Watson has transformed into a Test bowler of international class

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

We'd have won bowling first too - Watson

Shane Watson, the Australia vice-captain, has said his side bowled so well to Sri Lanka's batsman that they would have won the first Test in Galle even if they had lost the toss and fielded first

584dDaniel Brettig

The proudest century

Success to Ricky Ponting is not about trophies, nor about his place in the pantheon - it is about winning Test matches

600dESPNcricinfo staff

SLC gets official warning for Galle pitch

The ICC has given Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) an official warning for preparing a "poor" pitch in Galle for the first Test against Australia that was played from August 31-September 3

584dDaniel Brettig

I'm not going to change my batting - Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, has said he will not consider changing the way he bats after a pair of impetuous innings contributed to his team's heavy defeat by Australia in the first Test in Galle

584dBrydon Coverdale

Sutherland a fan of ball-tracking

Cricket Australia's chief executive, James Sutherland, believes cricket will hold itself up to ridicule unless technology used in the decision review system is consistent across all series

584dRob Steen

Better Galle than blandness

Why is a pitch that does a little too much deemed so much worse than one that's dead from day one?

584dDaniel Brettig

'Tracking mistake' on Hughes lbw

Hawk-Eye's custodians have admitted the depiction of Phil Hughes' second-innings lbw dismissal in the Galle Test was rendered inaccurate by "a tracking mistake"

600dDaniel Brettig in Kandy

Galle dustbowl rated 'poor' by ICC

Sri Lankan cricket authorities face formal sanction for Galle's dustbowl first Test pitch after it was officially rated "poor" by the ICC match referee Chris Broad

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Can video unravel the mystery spinner?

Australia's batsmen have gorged themselves on video footage of Sri Lanka's attack in the lead-up to the first Test in Galle in a bid to help them combat the hosts' bowlers better

584dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Spinners' experience advantage for hosts - Dilshan

Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan believes the experience of his slow bowlers will provide a useful advantage over Australia's rookie spinners in the first Test in Galle

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

1st0TM DilshanNT Paranavitana
2nd15TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd37DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th11DPMD JayawardeneTT Samaraweera
5th5DPMD JayawardeneHAPW Jayawardene
6th142DPMD JayawardeneAD Mathews
7th11S RandivAD Mathews
8th21HMRKB HerathAD Mathews
9th7RAS LakmalAD Mathews
10th4UWMBCA WelegedaraRAS Lakmal