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Cricket news - Australia pick early advantage with crucial wickets

Jhye Richardson was impressive in his first spell on debut

Three early wickets in the first session, gave Australia the much-needed advantage, they were looking for heading into the tea break after the first session in the first test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Thursday (January 24). Reduced to 31 for 2, Kusal Mendis remained unbeaten, but early wickets meant the visitors slipped to 58 for 3.

Sri Lanka decided to bat first and had a cautious start. Australia handed debuts to Kurtis Patterson, and Jhye Richardson and the latter made an exceptional start to his career. The pacer found the perfect length right from his first, and kept asking questions even as Mitchell Starc struggled to settle in. The first nervy moment for Sri Lanka came on the last ball of the fifth. Starc finally got a to make and had a Ping of Lahiru Thirimanne in front lbw. The batsman opted for a review and was relieved after the ball has been found, missing the leg stump.

Pat Cummins was introduced in the attack in the ninth and struck in his second over. He has it full, and drew Thirimanne into the drive. The ball only moves a touch to take the edge before the opener caught at third slip. The moment of the session, however, belonged to Richardson. He was rewarded for his consistency, as he pulled a cross from Dinesh Chandimal and had caught him on the second piece of paper.

Both Richardson, Cummins, and rolled in the fields, asked a few questions. They were, however, well played by Karunaratne and Mendis. Both were patient and willing to see from the tough magic, even as the pressure rose. There was not much movement in the air, or off the track, but enough to keep the batsman on their toes. The Mendis-Karunaratne cooperation stretched had 23 and looked good, asked them to Pause, before Nathan Lyon produced a wicket. The off-spinner got to dive on the ball and away from Karunaratne, who came across it and gloved it to the keeper.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 58/3 (Nathan Lyon 1-8) against Australia.

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