Australia are 2/66 after the first day of their test with Sri Lanka, bowling out their opposition for just 117 runs.
Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon both picked up three wickets each while Mitchell Starc and Steven O’Keefe each claimed two.
Hazlewood’s pace was clearly troubling for the Sri Lankan batsmen, who could only manage 21 runs in 10 overs from the fast bowler. The 25-year-old said the strong start will be valuable for the rest of the tour.
“Anything you can get on the opposition is crucial,” Hazelwood said. “If you can get it straight up in the first morning of a Test series and get on top of a few of their top-order batters, it does open up some scars hopefully for the back end of the tour on some not-so-friendly wickets for us quicks.
“I was happy to bowl, turning up today. I thought it was a good toss to lose, just to see how that wicket was going to play.”
Dhananjaya de Silva top-scored for Sri Lanka in his test debut, scoring a six to open his account before he was caught by Joe Burns off Lyon’s bowling for 24. Sri Lanka limped to 117 in just 35 overs.
Australia struggled early at the crease, with David Warner getting dismissed for a duck. Joe Burns only managed 3 from 15 balls before he was bowled by Rangana Herath.
While these early dismissals were concerning for Australia, it allowed Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith to link up for an effective partnership of 59 runs to steady the ship and leave Australia behind by 51 runs after 20 overs. Unfortunately, this concluded the day as rain prevented the final session from being played at all. – Patrick Staveley.
Photo of Australian Test captain Steve Smith celebrating with teammates taken from the cricket.com.au Twitter feed.