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Burns and Head put up 308 runs for the fourth wicket.

Stumps, Day 1

The hosts scored at over 4.5 runs/over for majority of the day at the Manuka Oval, piling on 384 for 4 by stumps on Day 1. Central to the effort was a massive 308-run stand between Joe Burns and Travis Head, both of whom went on to rack up Test hundreds and then some.

Burns scored Australia's first century of the summer and staked greater claims for an Ashes berth later this year. Head batted superbly at the other end, growing into his innings by the minute and overtaking Burns en route to his maiden hundred in Test cricket. He was finally out on 161, having lost his wicket to a full and straight ball from Vishwa Fernando. Burns, on the other hand, was unbeaten on 172 at stumps, it being his highest Test score. Join us tomorrow to witness the fight Sri Lanka have left in them.


Kurtis Patterson offers a bat-pad catch off Dhananjaya first ball and the fielder at FSL has dropped it. Dolly catch. Looping at him and ............. down.

Breaking news: a wicket's fallen

Wickets. They do exist. Fernando bowls it full and straight, and Head has played all around it. Departs for 161 off 204 deliveries. 21 fours and a six. What a fantastic maiden hundred in Tests.

Joe Burns brings up his 150* immediately after the wicket.


Can't drop 'em at this stage. Popped back by Head to Dhananjaya but he's late to react. Should have taken it. didn't come back rushing at him. The partnership is now worth 300*

Well, almost a freak dismissal

Not out it is. Dear me, got to feel for them. Soft signal was out. Head backed away to Dhananjaya for a cut shot, seems to have pistolled an under-edge on the boot and the ball flew towards slip, where Kusal Mendis dives in front and takes it one-handed. Stunning. Freakish until now. But TV replays confirm it was a bump ball. And as if to celebrate, Head brings up his 150 in the same over. Life has its ways.

Sri Lanka look clueless

86 runs have come in the 14 overs after tea! Except Kasun Rajitha, other seamers in Fernando and Karunaratne have gone for over 5 rpo. Travis Head (143*) has even outscored Joe Burns (141*) and both batsmen look set for many more. There's nothing happening off the deck - absolutely nothing - and the bowling on display looks dispirited and jaded. What do Sri Lanka have?

Maiden hundred for Head!

He's so happy. HE'S SO HAPPY. Was impressive against India and Head now goes one-up with his first hundred in Test cricket. Superb innings. This fourth-wicket partnership with Joe Burns, now worth more than 200 runs, just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Sri Lanka don't seem to have answers to these two right now. Not with this old kookaburra ball anyway.

Here's how our ball-by-ball comm described the moment:

Lets out a loud roar, pumps his fist and soaks in all the applause the from the elated crowd. Kisses the badge, stares into the sky and hugs his partner in delight. Moments that Head shall remember for a long, long time

Tea, Day 1

It's finally arrived. Joe Burns scored Australia's first hundred at home this summer in a session Sri Lanka failed to pick a wicket. The hosts laid into Sri Lanka with a massive unbeaten 192-run stand between Burns and Travis Head for the fourth wicket. A total of 117 runs were scored in the second session on Day 1.

Sri Lanka had started the session well actually. They were fuller than the morning session and forced more defensive shots and leaves from the Australian batsmen than in the latter half of the first session. But all of it soon gave way to what we have seen from Sri Lanka before. Vishwa Fernando conceded three boundaries in the third over he bowled after lunch, and that triggered Australia into a quick-scoring partnership during which the batsmen comfortably scored at over four runs per over. With no reverse swing on offer and the rampant inexperience in the bowling line-up, Sri Lanka have found life difficult.

A hundred this season, finally

It was more anticipated than the next Marvel movie and it's finally here. Joe Burns has scored Australia's first hundred at home this summer and his joy knew no bounds. You should have seen him celebrating! Kissing the helmet badge as if saying it goodbye for the last time. But it's going to be anything but that.

Travis Head helped him out with a risky single after Burns had been struck in the 90s for quite some time.

No wickets this session yet

The boundaries keep flowing. This is a proper flat wicket now, and Australia are utilising it to the fullest (after making a soup out of it earlier). The runs are coming at over 4rpo, the short balls are as ineffective as the full balls, and it's hard work for Sri Lanka. Both Head and Burns nearing hundreds.

Fifties for Burns and Head

5th Test half-century for both the Australia openers. Huge innings in the context of what Australia is in the middle of. Sri Lanka have kept it tighter than the second hour of play earlier, but there's occasional width that Australia lay into. A huge total beckons, one feels.

Post lunch

There's still movement but it's much mellowed down now. Rajitha and Fernando have started with a welcome fuller length this session. 2 runs have come in 3 overs since the break. Let's see how this works.

Lunch, Day 1

Joe Burns and Travis Head put on an unbeaten 75-run stand for the fourth wicket to help Australia to parity after they were wobbling at 28 for 3 inside the first hour. That after electing to bat against a Sri Lanka bowling unit without Suranga Lakmal, who was ruled out due to back injury.

Vishwa Fernando's left-arm swing did majority of the initial damage. It didn't help that Australia were undisciplined outside with the bat. Marcus Harris drove at a ball wide outside off-stump, the ones you normally leave in the first half hour of a Test, and sent back an edge to point. Usman Khawaja was no better driving an edge, also off Fernando, to second slip. "Shocking shot," was how Michael Vaughan described it on air. Marnus Labuschagne then fell in Chamika Karunaratne's debut over in Test cricket, but at least did that to a good delivery that jagged away and took the edge on the defence. Join us after the break!

Fifty-run stand

Joe Burns and Travis Head have played just like the three dismissed batsmen should have. They have left deliveries, and now look set on a pitch that's flattened out in the second hour. Where's Harris?

Australia three down!

Well, didn't they opt to bat? Chamika Karunaratne has a wicket in his first over on debut! Gets the ball jagging outside off, Marnus Labuschagne pokes and edges behind to the 'keeper. The ball is doing a bit on this fresh pitch in overcast conditions but not 28/3 kinda pitch, I feel.

Fernando has two!

"Shocking shot," Michael Vaughan says on air. Swinging away, Usman Khawaja arrogantly drives without feet and edges to second slip. Australia just needed a bit of patience here and they have shown none so far. The world can see this pitch being dead flat against an ageing Kookaburra ball but you got to drive when you got to drive, perhaps. More power to Fernando.

Harris departs

Early breakthrough. This might be a new-looking bowling unit that's severely short on experience but Australia can't resist doling wickets out this summer. An away-swinging delivery from Vishwa Fernando, the left-armer, and Harris drives an edge to point.

Action starts

It's a good-looking pitch with a hue of green. And it's overcast, so expect the ball to swing. Yes, there's no science to back it blah blah blah. I get it.

While we wait for the match to start, why don't you read this gem from Bharat Sundaresan, who traces the roots of Pat Cummins in his own style.

Toss and teams

Australia opt to bat

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Chamika Karunaratne, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha

Australia (Playing XI): Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon


Hello and welcome to Cricbuzz's live blog for the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Canberra. It's a Test debut for the Manuka Oval and all we hear are the words "flat pitch". We will see about that. Bharat Sundaresan has previewed the game, so you must read that. Adam Collins has also previewed this Test on video.

Australia have gone in with a unchanged XI, meaning Australia continue to persist with Mitch Starc. Lyon his thrown his weight behind Australia's strike bowler. For Sri Lanka, the tour seems to be getting from bad to worse. Suranga Lakmal has been ruled out due to a back injury and Chamika Karunaratne has been handed an international debut. Their coach Hathurusingha has been relieved of selection duties on tour, their 'A' coach Avishka Gunawardene has been named the pro tem batting coach until Jon Lewis returns. All that after injuries to their other fast bowlers.

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