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Joe Burns and Travis Head helped Australia recover from early blows

.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 of the second Test in Canberra. 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 fell in Chamika Karunaratne's debut over in Test cricket, but at least to a good delivery that jagged away and took the edge on the defence. Sri Lanka had their foot on Australia's throat but couldn't maintain the pressure. They bowled a boundary ball almost every over, allowing Head and Burns to revive Australia.

Burns was dropped on 34 off the bowling of Dilruwan Perera. Dhananjaya de Silva slow to react at slip.

Both batsmen have looked increasingly aggressive on a much more settled pitch in the second hour of play, and a long day awaits Sri Lanka if they don't conjure up reverse swing in the second session.

Brief scores: Australia 103/3 (Burns 46*, Head 39*; Fernando 2-20) vs Sri Lanka.

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