Melbourne, Dec 26: Mitchell Johnson took four wickets and David Warner hit a brisk half century to help Australia call the shots against Sri Lanka on the opening day of the second Test here at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Wednesday.
Left-arm paceman Johnson's 4/63 was the highlight as Sri Lanka were shot out for a paltry 156 in just 43.4 overs in Boxing Day's opening day. In reply, Australia lost three wickets but raced to 150 in 39 overs by close of play.
Right-arm fast bowler, Jackson Bird, who made his Test debut, also impressed with the ball. He finished with 2/32 opening the bowling.
Also on the opening day, Kumar Sangakkara became the second Sri Lanka to cross 10,000-Test runs. The left-hander topscored with 58 when the rest failed.
To add to Sri Lanka's poor day, wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene was taken for x-rays after being hit by a Johnson bouncer and it was later announced that he has a hairline fracture to his right thumb. Sangakkara took the gloves behind the stumps from start of Australia innings.
"We're definitely in a strong position. I think the two openers started exceptionally well. We're three down, we're 150 and we've got a great wicket, but we've just got to move on from that and we have a big day ahead of us to put on some runs," said Johnson after day's play.
Australia currently lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Hobart.