Hussey and Clarke put Australia on top

Published: Friday, November 9, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke scored centuries as Australia declared their first innings for 551/4 on second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane today.

Express Paceman Brett Lee took two wickets with the new ball before Marvan Atapattu, in his first Test for two years, showed some resistance. Sri Lanka were 31-2 at stumps.

Michael Hussey, dropped on 13 on day one, made 133 and Michael Clarke an unbeaten 145, the pair sharing a brilliant stand of 245.

Australia started day two on 242-3, with Hussey 28 and Clarke five.


By lunch, the hosts reached 359-3 in 111 overs, with Hussey on 85 and Clarke 64.

Murali, having dismissed two left-handers on Thursday, was enduring a tough day at the office.

Hussey was the first to reach triple-figures, passing the milestone with a pair of leg-glanced fours off Chaminda Vaas.

Hussey's century pushed his incredible Test average to 82.38 from 17 Tests but fell 15 minutes before tea, driving Dilhara Fernando on the up to Atapattu at short cover.

With Australia in complete control, Clarke and Andrew Symonds (53 not out) played some explosive shots after tea before Ricky Ponting, who gave his bowlers 16 overs at the Sri Lanka top order, declaring the innings.

Mitchell Johnson bowled decently in his Test debut, but it was Lee who tormented Sri Lankan top-order.

Opener Sanath Jayasuriya got the faintest of outside edges as he flayed well wide of the off-stump and Michael Vandort was undone by pace, also edging to Adam Gilchrist.

Atapattu made Stuart MacGill ponder his return to the Tests by hitting him for three effortless boundaries in a single over.

But it was a tiny crumb of comfort for Sri Lanka in a day of general misery.

with inputs from BBC

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