Sydney, Jan 4: Half centuries from captain Michael Clarke, David Warner and Phil Hughes helped Australia take a 48-run lead by stumps on day two against Sri Lanka in the third and final Test here at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday.
At close of play, Australia were 342/6 in 88 overs after dismissing Sri Lanka for 294 on the opening day. Matthew Wade is 47 not out and Peter Siddle unbeaten on 16 at stumps.
Michael Hussey, playing his final Test, was run out for 25.
Clarke continued from where he left off last year. He had ended 2012 as the highest run scorer in the year with over 1,500 runs and today, he hit a 50.
Warner and Hughes missed out centuries. Warner fell for 85 attempting a big hit while Hughes was out for 87 caught behind by Dinesh Chandimal. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took two wickets while paceman Nuwan Pradeep and offspinner Tillakaratne Dilshan had one scalp apiece.
Australia have already clinched the series 2-0 after wins in Hobart and Melbourne.