Hobart, Dec 15: Michael Hussey's unbeaten century put Australia in control of first Test against Sri Lanka on the second day here.
On Saturday, after Hussey's 115 not out, captain Michael Clarke made a bold declaration at 450/5 and by stumps reduced Sri Lanka to 87/4 in 29.1 overs.
Sri Lanka have lost the big wickets of Kumar Sangakkara, captain Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera. Tillakaratne Dilshan remained unbeaten on 50 at close of play.
Offspinner Nathan Lyon dismissed Samaraweera on the last ball of the day. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne was the other batsman out on the day.
Earlier, Hussey continued his fine run with the bat this year. The left-hander brought up his 19th Test century and was also involved in an unbroken 146-run stand with Matthew Wade (68 not out).
This was Hussey's third hundred in last two months. In the recently concluded series against South Africa last month, he hit two centuries.
The start of play was delayed due to rain. After that there was no respite for the visitors as batsmen and bowlers put Australia in charge of the Test.