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Australian duo hit tons

1st February 2019, 11:53 by Nick Harris

Australia’s four-month wait for a Test century from a batsmen ended on the first day of their clash with Sri Lanka.

Both Joe Burns and Travis Head hit tons to give the home side a commanding lead over the tourists at the end of the opening day, finishing on 384-4.

Opener Burns is undefeated on 172, the second highest Test score by an Aussie batsman against Sri Lanka, and he shared a stand with Head of 308 for the fourth wicket – the largest ever partnership for Australia in a Test against Sri Lanka.

It was Burns’ fourth Test century and first for three years, but it was Head’s first in his fledgling Test career and he paid an emotional tribute to former team-mate the late Phillip Hughes after his maiden ton.

When asked who his century was dedicated to, Head, who was out for 161, said: "To a few, but to Hughesy, I'm a little emotional to be honest."

Hughes was Head's mentor before his death in 2014 after being struck on the head by the ball in a Sheffield Shield match.

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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