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Live cricket commentary: Australia v Sri Lanka - day two, Hobart

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For the second day in a row Australia goes to stumps with its tail in the air. The Aussies hold the ascendancy at the end of day two in Hobart with four Sri Lanka wickets already snapped up after Michael Clarke's bold declaration at 5-450. That decision has already paid off. Generously. Australia overcame the early loss of Clarke (74) this morning to still build a large first innings total. At stumps, Sri Lanka is 4-87 (Dilshan 50 not out).

In a day affected by a lengthy rain delay, it still featured the following highlights and key moments:

- Michael Hussey posting his 19th Test century, along with an excellent partnership with Matthew Wade

- Hussey was given a chance on 96 when his pull shot was dropped on the boundary by Angelo Mathews and the spilled to the rope for the Australian's century

- Michael Clarke declared Australia's innings closed at 5-450, giving the hosts at least 30 overs to bowl at Sri Lanka before stumps

- Australia's bowlers did the right thing by Clarke in taking one wicket each, including Siddle snapping up the key wicket of Sangakkara, leaving the visitors precariously placed at 2-42. Lyon took a late wicket to close the day

This concludes our live blog coverage for day two in Hobart. Steve Samuelson will be in the commentary chair on Sunday to take you through all the day three action.


WICKET! Just before stumps Australia grabs another wicket! Thilan Samaraweera is out trying to cut Nathan Lyon. A sharp caught-behind chance was snapped up by Wade with his second grab. Outstanding. Simply, the Aussies are taking their chances. On the fall of that wicket stumps has been called. Sri Lanka 4-87 after 29.1 overs (Dilshan 50 not out).


WICKET! Australia gets another breakthrough. Sri Lanka loses a third wicket before stumps. Jayawardene was struck on the knee roll in front of middle stump (perhaps leg?) and the DRS was conclusive in showing that the umpire's initial decision was correct. A critical wicket with stumps around the corner. Sri Lanka 3-70 after 22.1 overs (Dilshan 40 not out).

The third wicket ... Teammates get around Shane Watson after he removed Mahela Jayawardene.
The third wicket ... Teammates get around Shane Watson after he removed Mahela Jayawardene. Photo: Getty Images
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Jayawardene is trapped in front! Danger man Shane Watson comes in and grabs a wicket! The umpire's finger goes up but ... wait, the batsman is quizzing his teammate at the bowler's end and is asking for a referral anyway. What will the video show?

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Dilshan thrashes at a ball just outside off stump and it soars through the slips cordon. Hilfenhaus can only put his hands to his head and wonder. Four runs to the Sri Lankan and, importantly, they keep the run rate ticking over despite the loss of wickets. Sri Lanka 2-68 after 21.42 overs.

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WICKET! Sangakkara out, caught at gully! The Sri Lankan batsman flashed at a full Siddle delivery and his thick edge raced through the air to Hussey. The Australian characterisically made no mistake and snapped up the hot chance beautifully. Sri Lanka in early trouble with two wickets down. Sri Lanka 2-42 after 14.4 overs.

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Whoops. Hilfenhaus, fielding in the deep, lets through a Siddle delivery and the ball finds the boundary rope. The Victorian quick looks slightly menacingly towards deep square leg where the Tasmanian is suddenly sheepish. At least Hilfy can point to the scoreboard and note that he took the early wicket!


WICKET! Local boy Hilfenhaus gets the early breakthrough! That will do wonders for his confidence. The swing bowler sent Karunaratne on his way after teasing the Sri Lankan opener and finding the edge of his bat. Wade did his part of the job by taking a straight-forward catch and completing the conversion. Sri Lanka 1-25 (9.3 overs).

Sri Lanka's batsman Dimuth Karunaratne is dismissed by Australian quick Ben Hilfenhaus.
Sri Lanka's batsman Dimuth Karunaratne is dismissed by Australian quick Ben Hilfenhaus. Photo: AFP

TEA: Lyon's quick foray into the innings wasn't the final over before tea after all. He was so quick that the Australians managed to fit in another over from leftie Starc before the later-than-usual tea interval on day two in Hobart. Sri Lanka 0-21 at tea (seven overs).

Steady progression for the visitors in their first innings. Sri Lanka 0-15 after four overs with Tillakaratne Dilshan seven not out and Dimuth Karunaratne eight not out. Starc and Hilfenhaus open the bowling ... but here's a surprise. Nathan Lyon coming into the attack after only five overs (he'll have one over before the tea interval)!

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DECLARATION. Well, that's come quite early, in my humble opinion. Australia heads to the pavilion after compiling an even 5-450. There are a minimum of 32 overs left on day two in Hobart. Significantly, the Aussies drastically increased the scoring rate after the rain delay, putting on 59 runs after the last 10 overs before the declaration. Australia 5-450 (dec) from 131 overs (Hussey 115 not out, Hughes 86, Clarke 74).

Mike Hussey (right) is congratulated by Matthew Wade after reaching three figures.
Mike Hussey (right) is congratulated by Matthew Wade after reaching three figures. Photo: Getty Images
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Another cracking pull shot from Hussey. Australia has increased the scoring rate. Drastically. This shot comfortably clear the pickets and a spectator on the grass had to scramble to field the ball. Australia getting on top with every delivery. Australia 5-438 after 128 overs (Hussey 111 not out, Wade 60 not out).

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HUSSEY'S HUNDRED! What a bizarre way to bring up a ton! Hussey powered a pull shot and he should have been caught by Angleo Mathews on the boundary. The catch was spilled (it should have been taken!) and instead the ball found its way to the boundary at deep midwicket. Another four runs and Hussey moves up to 100 not out. A terrific century by the Aussie veteran. Three outcomes were possible with that shot: caught, boundary or six. IT WAS A MISSED CHANCE!

Mike Hussey reaches his 19th Test century.
Mike Hussey reaches his 19th Test century. Photo: Getty Images
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Australia passes the 400-mark, Wade notches a half-century and this partnership is worth more than 100 runs. After the early hiccup on day two with Michael Clarke suprisingly being dismissed, the hosts have re-established their ascendancy. The next big milestone that looms is yet another Test century to Mike Hussey. Australia 5-413 (126 overs).

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The Aussies have upped the ante after the lengthy delay for rain. All of a sudden Hussey is into the 80s and another Test hundred is in sight. Wade is supporting him superbly. It's hard to pick what Clarke is thinking. Push for some quick runs and look to declare after tea with 500 runs on the board? Only time will tell. Australia 5-391 (121 overs), Hussey 81 not out.

Australia's Michael Hussey moves to play a hook shot.
Australia's Michael Hussey moves to play a hook shot. Photo: Reuters
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Yes, play has resumed under overcast skies in Hobart. Australia advances to 5-374 after 115 overs. We're still waiting for final confirmation about the revised playing conditions but we do know that the tea interval is miles away! It's currently scheduled to take place at 4.40pm AEDT.

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Looks like play will resume at 3pm with tea to be taken at 4.40pm. Hooray! No doubt it's a frustrating day for all concerned in Hobart, not to mention those couch lizards lazing around on a quiet Saturday around the country. Just a quick reminder of the state of play: Australia 5-364 after 114 overs (Mike Hussey 66 not out).

Australia's coach Micky Arthur has just advised ABC listeners that there will be a pitch inspection at 2.30pm AEDT, with the possibility that play with resume at 3pm. So while we're twiddling our thumbs, let's ponder one of the issues facing cricket - is there room for both T20 and 50-over one-day cricket? Have your say and vote in our poll.

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Light rain is falling in Hobart. The start of the second session is delayed for at least half an hour ... a somewhat frustrating day for all and sundry down in the Apple Isle. Is it compulsory for rain to fall in Tasmania? Even in summer.

LUNCH. A good session again by Australia. The hosts progress to 5-364 after adding 65 runs for the loss of one wicket in a shortened morning session. Clarke (74) received an excellent delivery from Eranga and the Aussie captain edged the ball to Sangakkara at first slip to head back to the pavilion early on day two. Aside from that blemish, Hussey and Wade are continuing to get the job done for Australia and a large first innings total is still on the cards. LUNCH: Australia 5-364 (Hussey 66 not out, Wade not out).

A general view of play in Hobart on day two with Mt Wellington in the background.
A general view of play in Hobart on day two with Mt Wellington in the background. Photo: Getty Images
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