2nd Test, Canberra, February 01 - 04, 2019, Sri Lanka tour of Australia
534/5d & 196/3d
(T:516) 215 & 149

Australia won by 366 runs

Player Of The Match
5/54 & 5/46
Player Of The Series
14 wkts
SL 2nd Innings
Full commentary
end of over 511 run • 1 wicket
SL: 149/10CRR: 2.92 
Kasun Rajitha2 (14)
Mitchell Starc 18-2-46-5
Pat Cummins 8-2-15-3

Tim Paine receives the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy from former Australia batsman Michael Hussey. Something to smile about for the home side.

That concludes our coverage of this two-Test series. Sri Lanka now head to South Africa while Australia don't play Test cricket again until the Ashes begins at Edgbaston in August. Australia has two ODI tours to India and the UAE before the World Cup.

On behalf Andrew McGlashan, Binoy George and all the team this is Alex Malcolm saying goodbye from Canberra.


Tim Paine: "It's nice to get some reward. I've said all summer this group has been working really hard. I think we're starting to build towards something so it's great to get some reward for the work we've been putting in. It doesn't matter what the wicket is like or who you playing against. We were 3 for 30 in both innings and Travis Head in particular in those situations and Burnsy showed a lot of maturity and dug us out of trouble and put us in a commanding position. I thought the bowlers bowled beautifully together as a team. They built up pressure and allowed Starcy to really attack. The wicket didn't offer a lot but they kept smacking away and bowled beautifully. For our group to get some belief out of this will be excellent moving forward."

Dinesh Chandimal: "We were outplayed as a team in all departments. Credit goes to Australia. They have played some outstanding cricket throughout the series. They deserve to win. It was really tough. Especially in the last six months we couldn't get the right combination to finalise our best XI. That's one area we are concerned. That's part of the game. If you get the chance to play for your country you have to take it with both hands. We are a young team and always learning how to play, especially in these tough conditions. We will bounce back in South Africa."

Mitchell Starc is Player of the Match for his 10 wickets.

Starc: "I just tried to come here this week and forget about everything and bowl as fast as I could. We knew if we stuck to our plans, we had some momentum from Brisbane. Patty has been great and so too Jhye and the batters were sensational. It's the perfect way to round out the summer."

Pat Cummins is Player of the Series for his 14 wickets at an average of 7.

Cummins: "It was a pretty tough series against India but we got a good break and came into this series fresh and I'm pretty happy with how they came out."

Australia win by 366 runs. They win with over four sessions to spare. Australia win the series 2-0. It is their first series win since the Ashes in 2017-18. They have since lost to South Africa and Pakistan away and India at home. Starc was the star with the ball. He gets his 11th five-wicket haul in Tests and his 2nd 10-wicket haul. Cummins finishes with three wickets in the innings and 14 for the series.

Another horror defeat for Sri Lanka. They have to regroup very quickly as they head to South Africa on Wednesday.

Starc to Vishwa Fernando, OUT

Bowled him! Starc gets 10! Australia win! 146kph, searing yorker, gun barrel straight fired into the base of middle and off, he gets the feet out of the way and jams the bat down but misses and it crashes into the base of the stumps!

Vishwa Fernando b Starc 0 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Starc to Vishwa Fernando, no run

147kph, dragged way down the leg side

Glenn: "@Grant - Head for me. 1 big hundred and 2 scores over 50 when we have been crying for runs! "

Starc to Vishwa Fernando, no run

beaten and it just misses off stump! How did this miss!? He was squared up staying leg side, it beat the edge and just went past the top of off

Starc to Vishwa Fernando, no run

146kph, full and wide, feet anchored he waves the bat at it and misses

Starc to Rajitha, 1 run

144kph, fuller on off, he defends on the front foot to the vacant point region, they have a mix up but eventually take an easy one

Starc to Rajitha, no run

beaten again! Six in seven for Starc. Full angled in, tailing away, beats the edge. Starc is laughing

end of over 50Wicket maiden
SL: 148/9CRR: 2.96 
Vishwa Fernando0 (5)
Kasun Rajitha1 (12)
Pat Cummins 8-2-15-3
Mitchell Starc 17-2-45-4

Grant : "Man of the match and series predictions? Cummins for series is my guess. "

Cummins to Vishwa Fernando, no run

full and straight, he backs away and pokes at it nearly popping a return catch back to Cummins!

Cummins to Vishwa Fernando, no run

136kph, he's edging but well short of slip, again squared up by a back of a length delivery seaming away

Cummins to Vishwa Fernando, no run

139kph, fuller on middle, he defends popping this in the air towards mid on but it lands safe

Cummins to Vishwa Fernando, no run

searing bouncer, 134kph, he sways out of the way late but does well to get under it

Cummins to Vishwa Fernando, no run

136kph, good length leg cutter, top of off, he's squared up defending to cover

Cummins to Perera, OUT

caught behind! Perfect delivery. Would have got a lot of top order players out. 135kph, good length, fourth stump line, it wobbles away off the seam, he pushes at it from the crease, gets a thin edge through to Paine. The end is near

Dilruwan Perera c †Paine b Cummins 4 (22m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44
end of over 49Maiden
SL: 148/8CRR: 3.02 
Kasun Rajitha1 (12)
Dilruwan Perera4 (8)
Mitchell Starc 17-2-45-4
Pat Cummins 7-1-15-2
Starc to Rajitha, no run

he makes contact! Fuller outside off, he square drives with an open face to the man in the gully

Starc to Rajitha, no run

five plays and misses. This is getting amusing now. Too quick and again he prods at it outside off

Five slips and a gully now

Starc to Rajitha, no run

four plays and misses. A carbon copy of the last three, angled in and tailing past the edge

Starc to Rajitha, no run

beaten three in a row. Another full ball angled in and tailing away, again he drives from the crease and misses

Starc to Rajitha, no run

beats him again, tighter to off, but leaving the right hander again, he prods at it and misses

Starc to Rajitha, no run

144kph, full outside off, angling in a touch and shaping away, it beats the edge as he tries to drive

end of over 481 run
SL: 148/8CRR: 3.08 
Dilruwan Perera4 (8)
Kasun Rajitha1 (6)
Pat Cummins 7-1-15-2
Mitchell Starc 16-1-45-4
Cummins to Perera, no run

136kph, cracking bouncer, he threw his hands up in front of face hoping not to get hit, it flew over his head to the keeper

Cummins to Perera, no run

136kph, wide of the crease, angled into off stump, he defends from the crease to mid on

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