Australia v Sri Lanka, first Test, day one: As it happened

Australia v Sri Lanka, first Test, day one: As it happened


Despite the late wicket of Usman Khawaja, this was a very good day for the Australians. They could not have asked for much better, dismissing Sri Lanka for a paltry 144 then reaching stumps at 2/72 after 25 overs under lights against the pink ball.

Jhye Richardson had an excellent first day at the office, capturing three wickets in an impressive debut. His delivery to get rid of Kusal Mendis was a corker. As the great Molly Meldrum used to say, do yourself a favour and watch a replay of it.

Pat Cummins picked up four wickets, including the initial breakthrough with the newball bowling first change, though most will agree Richardson was the best of the Australian bowlers.

Nathan Lyon appreciated the return to a bouncy track and was a handful for the Sri Lankans, who are not used to spinners getting so high on their bat.

Mitchell Starc picked up his 200th Test wicket, the 17th Australian man to reach the milestone, though the other three bowlers had his measure.

Australia's top order was steady under lights though the late wicket of Khawaja was a setback. Joe Burns made 15 before he was caught in the cordon to an outswinger - a mode of dismissal that will not do his chances of Ashes selection any good whatsoever.

Khawaja was dismissed in the third last over of the day, playing on to the off-spin of Dilruwan Perera for 11.

Tomorrow will be a test of the ability of Australia's batsmen to pile on a big score. Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head and Kurtis Patterson on debut are not going to get many better chances than this to make a maiden Test ton.

Our team at the Gabba of Tom Decent and Phil Lutton will have their end of day reports soon.

Join us tomorrow from 1.30pm (AEDT) for all the action from day two at the Gabba. Good night!

Khawaja's underwhelming summer

This was supposed to the the summer where Usman Khawaja stamped his authority on the team in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner. Instead, it's been a very disappointing campaign so far.

The left-hander has managed only 209 runs at an average of 26 with only one half-century in nine innings. India, and now Sri Lanka, have managed to shut down his scoring, pressuring him into false shots.


Is Khawaja Perera's bunny?

That was the fourth time in three matches the off-spin of Dilruwan Perera has dismissed Usman Khawaja. He was one of the bowlers who added to the perception that Khawaja struggled against spin, one that has dogged the No.3 until his match-saving ton in Dubai.


Did I just say "bring back India"? The reverse mozz at play. Dilruwan Perera gets Usman Khawaja with the one that goes on with the arm. Australia's No.3 attempts a cut short but it's too close to his body for that and he's chopped on for 11. This continues Khawaja's underwhelming summer. Australia send out Nathan Lyon as the nightwatchman.


Cricket Australia's announced a day one crowd of 13,900. I don't have historical data but it does seem a bit on the low side. I wonder how many of the fans who had access to a freebie at the Test after last week's BBL blackout have taken up the offer.

Bring back India

There were quite a few Australian bowlers happy to see the back of India after the Tests in Melbourne and Sydney, but I reckon there'd be plenty of fans around the country who are not all that interested in this series against Sri Lanka.

Already after one day, there has been a noticeable drop in standards. Sri Lanka have traditionally struggled with the bat in Australian conditions. Even when they had all time greats Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jaywardene in the XI they battled over here. Now they don't have a player near that standard.

Their attack has lacked penetration. We haven't seen much of their spinner yet but he's filling big shoes after Rangana Herath's recent retirement.

I wonder what a fifth Test against India in Brisbane would have played out. With the attack they had, this could have been the summer Australia's Gabba fortress was breached 30 years after Viv Richards' might West Indies team thrashed Allan Border's men.


Batting for stumps

Stating the bleeding obvious here but Australia will be very happy to get through to stumps one down. They probably would have taken that at the change of innings.

Big gap from fifth to sixth

This is one of the more inexperienced Australian Test teams to take the field for quite some time but today's play has shown there is a huge gap between the world's fifth- and sixth-ranked nations, particularly in Australian conditions. The official ICC rankings has the gap at 10 points but it feels a bit wider than that. Of course, Sri Lanka did win 3-0 at home in 2016

Pitch up

Russel Arnold and Allan Border want Chameera to pitch up that bit more to bring the cordon into play. The spinner's out of the attack after just one over, replaced by Lahiru Kumara.

Good bowling

This is some very good bowling by Chameera. He has not given the Australians much to hit. But I do wish he would tuck his shirt in.

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