Johnson, Warner put Australia on top at MCG

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Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 14:52 [IST]
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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.

Johnson, Warner put Australia on top

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.


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