Player of the Match
Player of the Match
268dThe Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale

Jaques makes trouble for Sri Lanka

After ten months of speculation over who would fill Australia's three vacant Test positions, Phil Jaques hinted that at least one of those spots is in safe hands

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Clarke
MJ Clarke
145(249) 14x4 - 1x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 40 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
4 8 12 27 34 13 14 29
MEK Hussey
133(249) 13x4 - 2x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 31 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
15 12 16 9 27 13 9 27

Best performances - Bowlers

B Lee
O17.5
M9
R26
W4
Eco1.45
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
B Lee
O27
M7
R86
W4
Eco3.18
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch Noon-12.40pm, Tea 2.40-3.00pm, Close 5pm

Match days

8,9,10,11,12 November 2007 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Clark gets two, Lee finishes with four to make it eight in the match, and the home side walk off with another win at their fortress, the Gabba. Smiles, hugs, back-slaps and hi-fives all around as the small Brisbane crowd claps Australia off the field.

Just to recap for you, Sri Lanka won the toss, elected to field, and let Australia get up to 551 for 4, with hundreds to Jaques, Hussey and Clarke. Then they struggled, bowled out for 211 and following-on, being dismissed for 300. Not a lot to speak about with the bat, bar a battling first-innings half-century from Atapattu, back in the Test XI after two years and censured for his comments about the national selectors, a couple of aggressive 40s from Silva, and Vandort's well-composed 82 in the second innings, which denied Australia on day four. Sri Lanka's bowlers had a bad time too.

Mahela Jayawardene doesn't rue bowling first, but credits the Australian batting for putting up "a decent score". He says Sri Lanka lost the match with their batting on the third day. Hopes Sangakkara is fit for the second Test. Has no issues with Atapattu's "muppet" comments and hopes matters are sorted out behind closed doors. Wants to display Sri Lanka's talent here and is hopeful of a good game in Hobart. "It's disappointing ... hurtful to lose this Test by an innings."

Ponting says it was a frustrating win, having to toil on day four and deal with the weather delays. Australia haven't played a Test for ten months but this is their 13th consecutive win. Ponting likes coming to Brisbane and is very proud of Jaques, Johnson and MacGill. Feels Australia's new era is off to a good start and credits the preparation coming into this Test.

Lee picks up the Man-of-the-Match award for his 8 for 112 in the match.

Well, folks, its been a pleasure bringing you the commentary of this Test. Thanks for tuning into Cricinfo and putting up with me, as well as the many weather-induced breaks in play over the last four and a half days. Do join us for the second Test which begins at Hobart from November 16. That will be a 10:30 local, 23:30 GMT start, weather permitting.

This is Jamie Alter, your commentator for this match, signing off on behalf of all of us at Cricinfo. Bye for now!

99.2
W
Clark to Muralitharan, OUT, all over! Australia win by an innings and 40 runs! Murali backs away to a yorker-length delivery on the stumps, misses his shot, and the stumps are splayed!

M Muralitharan b Clark 4 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

99.1
2
Clark to Muralitharan, 2 runs, biffed! Murali backs away to leg and hits Clark over his head down to long-on, MacGill runs after it as the ball slows down and Murali comes back for two

END OF OVER:
99 | 1 Run | SL: 298/9

  • Chaminda Vaas11 (26b)
  • Muttiah Muralitharan2 (6b)
  • Brett Lee27-7-86-4
  • Stuart Clark22-3-73-1
98.6
0
Lee to Vaas, no run, full on leg stump, Vaas drives back to Lee, who does well to field it
98.5
0
Lee to Vaas, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Vaas gets behind the line and defends it back
98.4
1
Lee to Muralitharan, 1 run, yorker ends up a low full toss down leg stump, Murali backs away and chips it into the gap at midwicket
98.3
0
Lee to Muralitharan, no run, and again, Lee doesn't get his yorker right and the ball bounces past Murali's back-and-away swipe
  • First impressions

    Stuart Clark has developed a liking for the early breakthrough

  • Sri Lanka Test proves to be a turn off

    Cricket Australia has denied charges of complacency after the first Test of the summer attracted disappointing crowds and TV viewing figures

  • Atapattu to stay on Australia tour

    The Sri Lanka selectors have kept Marvan Atapattu on the tour of Australia to minimise disruption for the team, but will take "the necessary disciplinary action" when they return home

  • No underestimating Murali

    Australia have not downgraded the threat of Muttiah Muralitharan despite delivering a significant obstacle to his hopes of breaking Shane Warne's Test wicket-taking record in Hobart

  • Failing to walk the talk

    Sri Lanka's tactics in the first Test were conservative and they were beaten easily despite the public mutterings of self-belief, writes Peter English

Sri Lanka 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st53MS AtapattuST Jayasuriya
2nd12ST JayasuriyaMG Vandort
3rd102DPMD JayawardeneMG Vandort
4th46TT SamaraweeraMG Vandort
5th2TT SamaraweeraLPC Silva
6th11HAPW JayawardeneLPC Silva
7th33LPC SilvaMF Maharoof
8th22WPUJC VaasLPC Silva
9th9WPUJC VaasCRD Fernando
10th10M MuralitharanWPUJC Vaas