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

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THAT'S STUMPS. Australia finish 6-342, 48 runs ahead of Sri Lanka's first innings score. Matthew Wade will resume tomorrow on 47, with Peter Siddle at the other end on 16. Thanks for all your comments today. We'll be back tomorrow from 10am for all the action from Jane McGrath Day at the SCG.

Matthew Wade looks set to bring up his third half century of his career. He's given a couple of chances but he's batted reasonably well during an important period for Australia. This will be the last over of the day. He's on 46.

Wade moves into the 40's with a back foot drive through point. Brilliant shot. He's now six runs away from his third Test half century.

Wade's now faced 100 balls for his 39. Siddle unbeaten on 10. Australia 6-323.

Siddle off the mark with a thick outside edge that flies through gully to the third man boundary.

JOHNSON OUT! He edges two balls later to the wicketkeeper. He's gone for 13 off 38 balls. Good bowling from Nuwan Pradeep. Australia 6-307.

Johnson survives. He gets the outside edge of Pradeep but it falls short of a wide first slip. Facing the new ball will be a big test for Australia's newest "all-rounder".

Sri Lanka take the second new ball. Suranga Lakmal to get first use of it.

That's the 300 on the board for the loss of five wickets. Johnson and Wade looking to survive until stumps. Hope I don't put the mocker on them.

SCORES ARE LEVEL. Australia have equalled Sri Lanka's first innings total of 294. Johnson and Wade have put on 23. Johnson is unbeaten on 1, while Wade has moved to 23.

He's done it again!! Wade sweeps it hard into the groin region of short leg, who falls to the ground in agony.

Now Wade smacks the ball into the thighs of short leg for good measure. That'll hurt in the morning.

WADE SURVIVES! No edge. The ball hit the pad and flicked up off his body. The Sri Lankans can't take a trick.

DECISION REVIEW. Wade given out caught at short leg. He's reviewed it straight away.

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DROPPED! Wade is put down at short leg. He should've taken that. It's gone straight through the hands at a catchable pace.

Pradeep over steps. It's a no-ball so the decision stands. Replays suggest Wade didn't edge it, so it doesn't matter.

DECISION REVIEW. Wade given not out. Sri Lankans think he edged it.

I've had quite a few people give it to me for "the kiss of death" I've applied on a number of Australian batsman today. Fair enough too. Here are a few things I've said today.

 

1:36pm: The race is on to a century. Hughes 69, Warner 83. Australia 1-161 off 33 overs.

1.41pm: Warner out.

 

3:44pm: STATISTIC: If this is Michael Hussey's last innings, he'll require 92 runs to finish his career with a superior average to Ricky Ponting (51.85). He's 25 not out at the moment. Clarke is unbeaten on 44.

3.44pm: Hussey out

 

4:14pm: Clarke reaches yet another 50. He's on his way to another SCG ton.

4.18pm: Clarke out.

 

Sorry.

Mitchell Johnson gets a taste of his own medicine. Hit on the helmet by Suranga Lakmal with a good short ball. He clips the next ball off his pads to the square leg boundary.

Huge moment in the match. Australia still 23 runs behind Sri Lanka. If they bowl well, they could clean up the tail and head into the second innings with a narrow lead or trail by a few runs. Herath is the man, he needs to step up for the visitors to close out the innings. Mitchell Johnson the new batsman for Australia.

He's tried to slog sweep Herath but has just popped it up to mid-off. Disappointing shot from Clarke, especially with just six specialist batsmen in the side. He needed to hang around and score runs with the tail. Could change of bowling from the Sri Lankan skipper. Clarke c Karunaratne b Herath 50 (75)

CLARKE OUT!

Clarke reaches yet another 50. He's on his way to another SCG ton. I wonder how much the Hussey run out is weighing on his mind.

I like the way Matt Wade bats, but his keeping is a concern. I think he's going to be out of his depth keeping up to the stumps on low turning wickets in the sub-continent next month. He's dropped and missed too many chances this summer for his batting prowess to justify selection for much longer. Anyone agree?

To be fair, it just fell short of the man. Very tough opportunity,

DROPPED! A tough chance put down at short leg off the bowling of Dilshan. Wade survives.

Great shot from Matthew Wade. A lovely cut shot off the bowling of Dilshan.

It was Michael Clarke's call. Not the right one unfortunately, and he knew it. He grimaces at the non-strikers end as the ball smashes into the stumps. Hussey run out 25. Australia 4-251. Sorry for jinxing him. I guess he won't finish with an average better than Ricky Ponting.

Nooooo .... Michael Hussey is run out in the first innings at the SCG.

Nooooo .... Michael Hussey is run out in the first innings at the SCG. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Wow. How would Michael Clarke feel right now? It was a tight call but a direct hit saw Hussey fall about 30 cm short of the crease. I'm stunned. You have to feel for Mr Cricket. He doesn't deserve to finish like that.

He's gone! That is a disaster! What a way to end your Test career, maybe. You'll have to say he won't get another chance to score a 100, but he might get one last bat.

OH NO! Hussey run out! THIRD UMPIRE

STATISTIC: If this is Michael Hussey's last innings, he'll require 92 runs to finish his career with a superior average to Ricky Ponting (51.85). He's 25 not out at the moment. Clarke is unbeaten on 44.

Amazing that Michael Clarke only averages 59 at the SCG, despite scoring 329 not out last year. Hussey's average at the SCG is over 102 at the moment.

We're back. Dilshan to Hussey to start the final session of day two.

AND THAT'S TEA. Australia in a dominant position at 3-241. Clarke 42 (54), Hussey 18 (40). Sri Lanka picked up two wickets in the session, but should've had Clarke dismissed first ball. They decided against reviewing an LBW shout, which would've seen the end of Clarke.

Here is a list of the most succesful Test batting duos in Australian history. Clarke and Hussey are up there. They could finish as high as fourth on that list with a big stand in this Test.

1. M.Hayden / J.Langer: 6081 @ 51.53

2. M.Hayden / R.Ponting: 4765 @ 67.11

3. M.Slater / M.Taylor: 3887 @ 51.14

4. B.Lawry / B.Simpson: 3600 @ 59.01

5. D.Boon / M.Taylor: 3583 @ 44.23

6. J.Langer / R.Ponting: 3451 @ 82.16

7. M.Waugh / S.Waugh: 3435 @ 49.07

8. M.Clarke / M.Hussey: 3356 @ 55.93

Clarke forces a change in the field with a six and a four to start the Rangana Herath over. The first was a six over long off, the second hit in the same area but takes a couple of bounces before thudding into the fence. Clarke moves to 38.

Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey taking their time setting up what threatens to be another lengthy partnership between Australia's most experienced players. Hussey is 8 (22), Clarke 25 (42). Australia 3-214.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Congratulations jimmyrose. It was Graeme Swann who gave Mike Hussey the nickname Mr Cricket during their time together at Northhamptonshire.

READER TRIVIA: Here's a question from one of our readers in relation to Mike Hussey.

Which cricket player coined the nickname "Mr Cricket"?

Judging by what we've seen from the Sri Lankans, Warner and Clarke will need to bowl in the second innings. Spin is going to be the answer on days four and five, if it gets that far.

Solid start from Australia. They've brought up the 200, still 94 runs behind Sri Lanka's first innings total. Australia 3-200.

A suggested new addition to the Australian team in relation to our poll from @prayformojo78 via our Tonk twitter account.
"Warwick Todd. This current side needs a heavy dose of no nonsense batting. Also Adam Gilchrist, great gloveman and a genuine No.6."

And Hussey is off the mark!

Back to Hughes. He never looked set against the spinners. It was a wide delivery from Herath which stayed low, but Hughes couldn't resist poking at it and edged it to Chandimal, who took a very good catch. It's Hughes' second 80 of the series. He'll be kicking himself, but it raises questions over how he's going to handle the turning ball in India in February. Hughes c Chandimal b Herath 87 (143). Australia 3-195

The Sri Lankans take a leaf out of South Africa's book and produce a guard of honour for Mike Hussey in his final Test. Standing ovation from the SCG crowd.  A lovely gesture from Mahela Jayawardene. Doesn't he think Australia will have to bat again?

Rangana Herath gets the wicket. Hughes edges through to the keeper. More on that in a second. Hussey is in.

HUGHES GONE FOR 87!

Phil Hughes almost edges through to the wicketkeeper on the unlucky 87. He breathes a huge sigh of relief. He'll be feeling the pressure at the moment approaching the 100 given what he's had to go through over the last couple of years.

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Congratulations to Timbo and @harryramage on Twitter who answered the trivia correctly. The only Australian player to make his Test and one day debut in South Africa is ... Pat Cummins

Meanwhile in the cricket, Hughes has moved to 86. Clarke working it around as he starts the 2013 calendar year with 14 to his name so far. Aussies approaching the 200 just before the half way point of the day. Australia 2-194.

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TRIVIA TIME:

Who is the only Australian whose Test & ODI debuts were on African soil? This shouldn't be too hard

Do you think umpires are reluctant to make the close LBW decisions because the teams have the option of reviewing it if they think the wrong decision was made? Aleem Dar has been very reluctant to raise the finger despite half a dozen close shouts from Sri Lanka. Mahela Jayawardene isn't happy.

Replays show Clarke would've been out for a golden duck if the Sri Lankans decided to review the LBW shout from Herath. What a huge moment in the match. You don't want to give Clarke chances in the form he's in.

Next ball - Clarke dances down the wicket and hits Herath to the cover boundary. Lovely stroke and smart cricket.

Michael Clarke survives a big LBW shout from Herath first ball. They didn't challenge it, but looks to have been very close.

Warner's thrown away 100 and a huge opportunity to post a big score in perfect conditions at the SCG. Dilshan has the breakthrough. It was the first loose shot from Warner, who tried to hit Dilshan back over his head but instead skied it to long off. Enter Michael Clarke. Warner c Prasad b Dilshan 85 (84).

WARNER OUT! Caught in the deep for 85.

Do you think Phil Hughes will handle himself well in India in the upcoming tour? He's struggled a bit today with the turning ball and his strike rate against the spinners is a lot lower than the quicks. It's going to be a big test for him on turning wickets in the sub-continent. Is he good enough to handle it?

Hughes moves to 69 with two boundaries from the Prasad over. He's starting to free his arms when the ball's delivered wide outside his off stump. The race is on to a century. Hughes 69, Warner 83. Australia 1-161 off 33 overs.

STAT

Phil Hughes strike rate this innings off the seamers: 64.5

Phil Hughes strike rate this innings off the spinners:46.5

 

Warner brings up the 150 for Australia.

Brilliant cover drive from David Warner. He beats the in-field and manages to get it past the sweeper on the cover boundary. He moves to 76. Australia 1-144.

That's the 100 stand from Hughes and Warner off 142 balls. Both look set for big centuries. Could be a long couple of days out in the field Sri Lanka.

WARNER SURVIVES. Original decision was not out. It hits the pad first in line with the stumps, but it has done too much off the wicket and is deemed to be narrowly missing the leg stump. Original decision stands. If that was originally given out, it would've remained out.

Big shout from Rangana Herath for an LBW on Warner. They are going to review it.

Phil Hughes and David Warner making their way out on to the middle of the SCG for the second session. This is a make or break session for the Sri Lankans. It could be game over in two hours if they fail to producethe breakthrough. One gets the feeling if or when Warner gets his 100, he's going to go ballistic. Rangana Herath into the attack for Sri Lanka, and it's about time.

AND THAT'S LUNCH. AUSTRALIA 1-127. WARNER 68 (63), HUGHES 50 (90).

Superb session from Australia. David Warner has looked in complete control and could've notched up a century before lunch but he was starved of the strike by Phil Hughes, who recorded his second fifty in three Tests this summer. Time for a prosciutto, rocket and bocconcini focaccia. Join us after lunch for more from the SCG.

Michael Hussey sliding for the crease as he is run out during the Australian vs Sri Lanka third cricket test on day 2 at the SCG. Click for more photos

Australia v Sri Lanka, SCG - Day Two

Michael Hussey sliding for the crease as he is run out during the Australian vs Sri Lanka third cricket test on day 2 at the SCG. Photo: Brendan Esposito

That's 50 off 85 balls. Great innings by Phil Hughes on his homecoming to the SCG. Looked comfortable against the quicks, but has struggled a little with the turning ball. He brings up his fifty with a boundary. Australia in a commanding position approaching lunch on day two. They trail by 167 runs with nine wickets in hand. Australia 1-127. Warner 68 (63), Hughes 50 (84).

This could be the last over before lunch, possibly one more.

TRIVIA ANSWER: They all have John as the third of their four names.

Good point mentioned by one of our readers. Hughes has been out there for 30 minutes less than Warner, yet he's now faced 13 more balls. Warner's faced 39 balls since Cowan's wicket, while Hughes has faced 74. Australia 1-120 off 24 overs. Warner 66 (61), Hughes 45 (74).

Dilshan really troubling Hughes. He's hit the pads half a dozen times now.

Stephen Samuelson: Advisory to readers: Michael Chammas was advised this week by the Parramatta District Cricket Association that he has been banned for two weeks, and his team AKA Crusaders docked five points, after he was cited by an umpire for an audible obscenity after dropping a sitter on the boundary.

His defence? It was 40 degrees and he was hot and bothered.

Where is Rangana Herath? Shouldn't he bowl before Dilshan? I understand Dilshan spins the ball away from the left-hander, but when the other team is 1-100 before lunch, surely your No.1 strike bowler needs to be given the ball.

Trivia hint: It has something to do with their names.

Great start for Australia. The 100 comes up off 18.5 overs. Sri Lanka were 1-70 at the same time in their innings.

Dilshan bowled a great over to Phil Hughes. Two big LBW shouts as well as extracting an outside edge that dropped short of first slip. Hughes not looking comfortable with the ball turning away from the bat.

Unfortunately as soon as we've asked the question about Warner notching a century before lunch, he's slowed down. Doesn't look likely at this stage. Australia 1-91 off 17 overs. Warner 56 (48), Hughes 27 (45).

Great commentary Mark Nicholas. Nuwan Pradeep has bowled a wide bouncer that has gone over the keeper for four and Nicholas says "Matthew Wade had no chance stopping that".

As Australia move to 1-83 off 15 overs, today's trivia question is in courtesty of the great Paul Suttor (some bloke running the show today). Here it is.

What do Mike Veletta, Vinothen John & Greg Matthews have in common?

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He brings up the half century in typical David Warner fashion. He's slapped Pradeep over cover for four. I'm backing a 100 before lunch. His fifty came off just 37 balls.

David Warner has just passed New Zealand's first innings total of 45 against South Africa. He's on 46 from 35 balls.

I'm throwing it out there. Hughes and Warner will both make centuries today.

That is the shot of the day. Phil Hughes is in sublime touch. He was again quick to rock on to the back foot, but this time he drives it through the point region for another boundary. Hughes 16 (22), Warner 39 (29). Australia 1-59 off 10 overs. Great start.

There's more evidence of the Hughes evolution. He received a wide and short ball from Angelo Mathews, which he smashed to the point boundary. Hughes of 2011 would've played that in the air through the slips, but today he's played it straight into the adjacent pitch and along the carpet to the boundary. Could he become a genuine No.3 or are there too many problems with his technique?

That's a great shot to get Phil Hughes going. He's rocked on to the back foot and pulled Dhammika Prasad to the square leg boundary. A year ago he might've struggled with that ball, but he's punished Prasad. It helps when the balls only travelling at 130km/h, but take nothing away from the shot. Hughes 8 (12), Warner 38 (27). Australia now 1-50.

I don't understand how people can run between the wicket holding their gloves at the same time. It was a big innings for Cowan in front of his home crowd. That run out was all his fault. He ambled on the first run, then he turned blindly. Complete contrast to the energy David Warner has between wickets.

HORRIBLE RUNNING. Ed Cowan has been run out. He's paid the price for jogging the first. He's turned around, hesitated, and was caught at least a metre short of the crease trying to make the second. Not even a dive would've saved him. To make things worse, he was holding his gloves while he was running. That's terrible cricket. Australia are now 1-35. Ed Cowan gone for 4. Enter Phil Hughes.

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That's 1000 Test runs for David Warner. Very good start to his career, averaging a touch over 45. Do you think he'll finish his career with a 50+ average?

THREE FOURS IN A ROW TO WARNER. The first was identical to the first ball of the day when he edged through the slip cordon for four. The next ball he rocks on to the back foot and punches Pradeep through cover to the boundary. The third was the shot of the day, a sweetly timed cover drive. Single off the last ball of the over means he'll retain the strike. Warner 25, Cowan 1. Australia 0-26.

Not good early signs for Sri Lanka. Their quick men aren't troubling the Aussie openers with the new ball. David Warner has moved to 12 as Australia cruise to 0-13 off three overs.

This is a big innings for Ed Cowan. He's been solid in his appearances for Australia but by no means has he established himself as the long term opener. With Mike Hussey retiring at the end of the Test, he'll become the oldest batsman outside of skipper Michael Clarke and his deputy, Shane Watson. He needs to lead this new brigade of young batsman coming through the ranks, otherwise he'll run the risk of being replaced by the fresh blood that is filtering through the system.

That's over No.1 complete. Australia off to a good start at 0-7. David Warner 7 (6), Ed Cowan 0 (0).

EDGE FIRST BALL. Warner lucky to find the gap through the slips and gully. He gets off the mark with a boundary. Nervous start from the Aussie opener.

Good morning all. Beautiful morning in Sydney. No traffic on the way into work, the sun is shining, and our beaches have waves. Sorry Melbourne. At the Sydney Cricket Ground David Warner and Ed Cowan are gearing up to take the field. One gets the feeling that if Warner gets going, Sri Lanka's first innings total of 294 could be pegged back by Tea. The game plan for Michael Clarke will be simple. Bat for two days and roll Sri Lanka on day four. The man standing between that outcome is Sri Lankan tweaker Rangana Herath. He's had a quiet series but this could be the deck that ignites the 34-year-old. Play to begin in 10 minutes.

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Australia have dismissed Sri Lanka for 294 on day one at the SCG.

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How yesterday's play was summed up.

STUMPS SCORE: Sri Lanka 294 (Thirimanne 91, Jayawardene 72, Bird 4/41, Starc 3/71)

WHAT HAPPENED: Australia won the toss and eventually bowled Sri Lanka out with only a few balls remaining in the day’s play. Jackson Bird and Mitchell Starc took seven wickets between them. Bird produced his best Test figures to date by bowling a series of excellent spells, Starc’s three wickets came from excellent deliveries. Sri Lanka were best served by their emergency replacement Lahiru Thirimanne who got off to a shaky start but gradually built his innings before throwing his wicket away on 91. The skipper Mahela Jayawardene also chimed in with 72, but there was nothing spectacular from the rest of the line-up.

WHAT IT MEANS: Australian captain Michael Clarke when he sent Sri Lanka in would have hoped to dismiss visitors out well before stumps but chasing a first innings total of 294 still provides his batsmen with an opportunity to set up a winning total. The Australians will need to make the most of a good wicket tomorrow and possibly Saturday as there could be variable bounce as the match goes on.

Michael Hussey leads Australia on to the field at the start of the test against Sri Lanka at the SCG. Click for more photos

Australia v Sri Lanka, SCG - Day One

Michael Hussey leads Australia on to the field at the start of the test against Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo: Brendan Esposito