Cricket: Australia vs Sri Lanka ~ First Test

14 11 2007

The first test of the Australian summer got under way at the GABBA in Brisbane on Thursday to the great relief of cricket fans nation wide. After rain delayed the start of play Australia’s openers strode to the crease after being sent in by Sri Lanka, a move that more often than not fails at the Brisbane test venue. It was always going to be an uphill battle for the boys from the sub-continent having only beaten Australia once in 19 matches and the tactical decision by their skipper certainly would not help.

With further rain delays throughout day one, Australia went in at stumps on 3/242 with Hussey and Clarke the not out batsmen on 28 and 5 respectively. Phil Jaques looks to have cemented his place as Matt Hayden’s new opening partner with a well constucted maiden-century.

When the new ball was taken by the Sri Lankans after just three overs of play on day two Hussey and Clarke had added a further 17 runs to the overnight total. By the time they were seperated Hussey had 133 runs to his name. It was his 6th century in 17 test matches giving him an average of 82.38 – phenomenal.Mike Hussey

Clarke went on to score 145 not out, his 5th century in 28 tests while at the other end Andrew Symonds notched a quick-fire 53 not out of 61 deliveries.

By the time Ponting declared the innings closed at 4/551 Australia had used 6 batmen, the Sri Lankans three bowlers. Four of those bowlers had triple figures beside their names.

Brett Lee did the job expected of him in some what dubious circumstances, to claim the early wicket of opener, Jayasuriya for just 7 runs and followed up with the scalp of young number 3 batsman Vandort for a duck. Sri Lanka finished day 2 on 2/31.

Day 3 saw the misery continue for the visitors with the only scores of any significance coming from Atapattu (51), Chamara Silva (40), and Prasanna Jayawardene (37). No other Sri Lankan batsman got more than 21 runs. When they were bowled out shortly after the tea break they had accumulated a mere 211 runs and were still 340 runs short of the Australian’s first Innings total.

Ricky Ponting, of course, enforced the follow-on.

At the end of play on day three Sri Lanka had lost both openers and were 2/80.

Day four finally saw a partnership of some significance for the visitors and Vandort and Mahela Jayawardene put on a third wicket stand worth over 100 runs. unfortunately Jayawardene failed to go on with his good start and fell on 49.

Again the tea break was Sri Lanka’s worst enemy with Vandort being dismissed for 82 and Samaraweera going for a patient 20. Bad light again stopped play early on day 4 with Sri Lanka 5/218.

The final day saw play interrupted twice before the luncheon interval and surely thevisitors were hoping for it to bucket down to salvage a draw. That wasn’t to be the case though with the fits and starts of play seeing them 9/299 at lunch after Chamara Silva had knocked out another 43 runs. Play didn’t last long after the break with Sri Lanka being all out in their second innings for 300.

Result: Australia def Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs.

Questions to come out of the match:
1. How was Shane Warne so effective at the GABBA where most other spinners struggle?
2. Can Muralitharan find form in Hobart that will see him overtake Shane Warne as the world record wicket taker?
3. When will Mike Hussey stop making centuries ?
4. Is Brett Lee capable of matching his performance in this test match after match?

Match highlights:
1. Stuart MacGill’s 200th test wicket in only his 41st tests.
2. Phil Jaques maiden test century.
3. Second innings 82 by Vandort.
4. Determination of Chamara Silva to hold his wicket while others around him fail.

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7 responses

14 11 2007
withmalice

Great stuff Brad…
Hopeful that I can get to an afternoon of cricket when I visit Oz in December… hopeful…

14 11 2007
14 11 2007
Ottayan

You will be in time to view the India -Australia Test series.

15 11 2007
withmalice

Cheers Ottayan – my concern is more along the lines of ‘is-that-what-my-family-will-want-to-do’… 😉

21 11 2007
merlotmistress

Amazing that you can put all those words together and make something worthy of reading.

Great article. Well done.

21 11 2007
withmalice

Welcome to the blog Merlot!

21 11 2007
merlotmistress

Why thankyou Don 🙂

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