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Mitchell Starc's 10-wicket haul in the second Test helped Australia clean sweep the series

Mitchell Starc bowled with sustained hostility to pick up a 10-wicket haul for the match as Sri Lanka crashed to a massive 366-run defeat against Australia in the Canberra Test. The tourists could muster only 149 while chasing down a monstrous target of 516. With this victory, Australia clean-swept the series 2-0.

With Australia holding all the aces going into the penultimate day, the visiting side's camp would have at least hoped to put up some resistance. However, that wasn't to be the case. Starc, who consistently bowled at over 90mph in the Test, found swing under clear blue skies and also mixed it up with the bumper.

The tried and tested tactic worked for Starc as he snuffed out Dimuth Karunratne with the inswinger. Dinesh Chandimal, who replaced Karunratne at the crease, didn't last long either as he edged an away-swinger from Starc to Marnus Labuschagne in the slip cordon. The third umpire was brought into play to check whether it was a clean catch or not and replays showed he got his fingers underneath.

Niroshan Dickwella, who was promoted up the order, played with a touch of bravado and in the company of Lahiru Thirimanne put up a semblance of resistance. Unfortunately for the visitors, the short ball tactic continued to haunt them. From round the wicket, Cummins bowled a well-directed short ball to force Thirimanne to top-edge one with the bowler pouching an excellent return catch.

Just before the break, the hosts were dented further as a result of Starc's double strike. Kusal Perera, who was hit on the grille on Day 3 and had to retire hurt, was one of the two batsmen dismissed. The Australian camp showed good tactical nous by playing on Kusal's mind with a field set for the short ball only for Starc to outfox Kusal with a fuller length delivery and produce the edge.

In the afternoon session, Kusal Mendis cracked a few eye-catching shots and alongside Chamika Karunratne strung a stand of 47 for the seventh wicket. Unfortunately, just like most of his teammates, Mendis too gifted his wicket away by driving one off Labuschagne straight to the fielder positioned at cover. The duo of Cummins and Starc soon provided the finishing touches to bring to an end Sri Lanka's sorry tale. By castling Vishwa Fernando, Starc also bagged his maiden 10-wicket haul in a Test match.

Sri Lanka have a lot of soul-searching to do. As of now, the visitors seem to be in the midst of an an angry storm where they are struggling to explore a new route to sail through the troubled waters. Meanwhile, after a morale-sapping Test series loss to India, the hosts would be delighted to get back to winnings ways.

Brief scores: Australia 534/5 decl. (Joe Burns 180, Travis Head 161, Kurtis Patterson 114*; Vishwa Fenrando 3-126) and 196/3 decl. (Usman Khawaja 101*; Kasun Rajitha 2-64) ) beat Sri Lanka 215 (Dimuth Karunaratne 59; Mitchell Starc 5-54) and 149 (Kusal Mendis 42; Mitchell Starc 5-46) by 366 runs.

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