Having arrived in Sri Lanka with much optimism, Australia was on the verge of a major reality check as they slipped towards defeat by lunch on the final day of the first Test.
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Cricket has dragged itself into the modern era in many ways in recent years but when it comes to lighting, it can still have a tendency to live in the dark ages.
KANDY: Australia insists their focus is on overhauling an intimidating run chase, after a day where Sri Lanka's decision to disallow the use of floodlights was brought into question.
KANDY: Australia will confront a daunting task to claim victory on the final day of the first Test, as Sri Lanka's spinners continued to prosper on a day hampered again by poor light.
KANDY: Batting great Aravinda de Silva has hailed Kusal Mendis' fighting century and says Sri Lanka may have unearthed a new-generation Mahela Jayawardene.
KANDY: Injured Australian left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe will return home from Sri Lanka and has been replaced by counterpart Jon Holland.
Australia will tackle an imposing run chase to win the first Test insisting there are no "demons" in the pitch after being jolted by a fighting century from an emerging Sri Lankan star.
KANDY: Former schoolboy star Kusal Mendis was praised after giving Sri Lanka a glimpse into the future with a stirring century which will force Australia to negotiate a potentially treacherous run chase in the first Test.
Veteran batsman Adam Voges has defended Steve Smith's ill-timed dismissal on a day Australia were left to rue a "missed opportunity" against Sri Lanka in the second Test.
Australia's batsmen left cursing their inability to post an innings, but tourists gain upper hand after an eventful second day.