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Live cricket commentary: Australia v Sri Lanka - day three, SCG

And that's it for today, folks, RC signing off here at Blog Central. Been a great day's cricket, a great day's entertainment, thanks for all the banter! Let's finish it off tomorrow, I'll meet you back here around 10am for the 10.30 start. Good evening to you all!

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STUMPS SCORE: Sri Lanka 7/225 (Chandimal 22*, Herath 7*) SL leads by 87 runs.

WHAT HAPPENED: Sri Lanka made some good inroads into the Australian tail early on, before Wade gave the home side a decent enough lead with a brilliant hundred. Sri Lanka then challenged strongly again in its own innings, at one stage only six runs in arrears with nine wickets still in hand! But, not for the first time, it couldn't sustain the pressure, some irresponsible middle-order batting seeing it lose 6/70, its lead of 87 with only three wickets in hand not nearly enough.

WHAT IT MEANS: Australia should have this wrapped up not long after lunch tomorrow, Sri Lanka without sufficient bowling strength to put the shudders through the home side even if it does grab a few early wickets. The visitors have shown better resolve this Test, but concentration, both in the field, and particularly with the bat, remains an obvious and very large achilles heel. Aussies have got the job done, but India away and two Ashes series will require far more still than they've served up this summer.

Hello! Hussey bowled one down leg, and Wade appeals for the stumping. Only problem was batsman was in by a metre and the keeper didn't take it! And Herath takes a two off the last ball to finish things off. That's stumps. Great day's cricket, that! SL 7/225 at the finish, the lead 87 runs.

And Chandimal obviously hasn't read the script! First-ball is a juicy half-volley outside off and the keeper smacks him for four! Good way to endear yourself to the locals!

And one of the biggest cheers of the day comes as retiring champion Hussey comes on to bowl! Come on Huss, might not get a bat, so grab a wicket instead!

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Mistimed pull from Herath to mid-on doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. Don't think the SL tail is one to hang around! Close shout now for LBW from Starc, comfortably missing leg, though, and rightly, no review.

Starc gets a couple to jump a bit, Bird from the other end bowling a pretty good line. Chandimal is going to have the odd swing, though, and whacks him through covers twice in a row for four. SL 7/216, lead is 78.


WICKET! Starc back into the attack, and strikes immediately. Angled away from Prasad, gets a healthy nick, Wade does the clean-up work. SL 7/202, or effectively 7/64.

There's the 200 up, the SL lead now 62. Another 150 and perhaps they're some sort of chance, Chandimal and Prasad at least digging in a little.

Nearly another one, Lyon gets an edge from Prasad, and it flies past Wade's right glove. True that his glovework has been less than razor sharp, but very early days, and I'm prepared to give him a chance or two after that knock earlier! SL 6/187.

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WICKET! Jayawardene's gone! And so is Sri Lanka, you'd think. Gets a thickish edge off Siddle, and Clarke at first slip takes it low down in front. Good catch and SL in all sorts now, will be lucky to lead by 100.


WICKET! Another run out! Mathews pushes Lyon to mid-wicket, where Warner's dive stops it getting past, causes both batsmen to hesitate mid-pitch and the batsman, upon turning back, to be left at least a metre short! Disaster for Sri Lanka, only 40 runs to the good with just five wickets left now.

Anyone sensing Heals aint much of a Wade fan? Has been sloppy at times, but worth remembering they called Marsh "iron gloves" early on, too. ... SL hanging in there, 4/177, lead by 39.

Drinks break. Gatorade carts come out ... as does Jeeves at Blog Central ... think an iced tea for me, please ... but do we call you a valet or a butler?

Well, Mathews ain't going to die wondering! Already 16, comprised of four boundaries, Lyon probably not unhappy, though, will give him a chance. Siddle coming on to replace Johnson, SL 4/176.

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Johnson coming around the wicket now. Jayawardene rightly pretty peeved at his middle-order colleagues, that was an absolute shocker from Samaraweera before, would be giving the skipper a wide berth in the rooms if I were him! SL 4/164, lead by 26.


WICKET! Mr Cricket takes a screamer! Lyon strikes, Samaraweera, still not off the mark, for some inexplicable reason charges down the track to the spinner. Doesn't get to the pitch, hoiks it up in the air and the retiring Hussey after running with the flight takes it safely! Great fielding, stupid batting! SL 4/158, Mathews the new man.


WICKET! Another big moment, good bouncer from Johnson, Thirimanne takes it from in front of his visor, but can't get good enough connection, and it goes down the throat of Bird at deep fine leg. SL 3/155, lead by 17.

And ... he's .... SAFE! Replay shows left-hander got a tiny inside edge before it hit his leg ... would've gone over the top as well.

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WICKET! Or is it? Lyon smacks Thirimanne in front, given out LBW, but he's challenged it straight away .... let's see ...

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