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Australia take firm grip on Sri Lanka Test

24th January 2019, 13:45 by Nick Harris

Australia dominated day one of their opening Test with Sri Lanka with Jhye Richardson taking three wickets on debut.

Sri Lanka were put to the sword by the Australian attack and bowled out for a paltry 144 in less than sixty overs whilst the Baggy Greens were 72-2 at the close of play having lost Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja before stumps.

An unbeaten 40 from Marcus Harris, alongside nightwatchman Nathan Lyon, leaves the hosts in a commanding position, trailing by only 72 runs at the Gabba in Brisbane, at a venue where they have not lost a Test in 30 years.

Pat Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers, claiming 4-39, while Richardson (3-26) made an impressive Test debut as Australia rolled Sri Lanka in 56.4 overs after touring captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat.

“The way the guys performed as a collective today, credit to them,” Richardson said. “Credit to Patty (Cummins), credit to Starcy (Starc) who bowled really aggressively, you can’t fault anything they’ve done.

“They were a big help for me.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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