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First Test - Australia v Sri Lanka
Gabba, November 8-12 (Th-M) 2007.
Toss : Sri Lanka.
Australia - Innings

P Jaques        st Jayawardene     b Muralidaran               100
M Hayden       c Muralidaran         b Vaas                           43
R Ponting        st Jayawardene    b Muralidaran                 56
M Hussey       c Atapattu              b Fernando                  133
M Clarke                 not out                                                145
A Symonds            not out                                                  53
Sundries (4b, 12lb, 4nb, 1w)                                              21
151 Overs                                                     4 (dec) for 551

Fall:
69, 183, 216,461.

Bowling: C Vaas 28-6-102-1, M Maharoof 34-6-107-0, C
Fernando 34-3-130-1, M Muralidaran 50-4-170-2, S
Jayasuriya 4-0-18-0, T Samawaweera 1-0-8-0.
AUSTRALIA WON BY AN INNINGS AND 40 RUNS
Umpires -
A Hill, R Koertzen.
Day 1 - Australia 3/242 (76) - M Hussey 28, M Clarke 5.
Day 2 - Sri Lanka 2/31 (16) - M Atapattu 19, D Jayawardene 5.
Day 3 - Sri Lanka (2nd inns) 2/80 (22) - M Vandort 16, M Jayawardene 8
Day 4 - Sri Lanka (2nd inns) 5/218 (78) - L Silva 5, H Jayawardene 0
The start of the international season was delayed by inclement Brisbane weather, with the start being delayed by 15
minutes and after one over the rain returned, forcing the players from the field for an hour.
When play finally got under way, opener Phil Jaques was the star of the first day. Replacing the retired Justin Langer,
Jaques played an innings to remember, scoring an important century to help consolidate his place in the team. Well
supported firstly by Matthew Hayden then by Ricky Ponting, Jaques dominated the attack and brought up his century in
style with a classy cover drive first ball after the drinks break to take the ball to the boundary.

But Sri Lanka fought back late in the day. Muralidaran, playing his first Test series in Australia since the notorious
throwing incident in 1995-96, enticed both Ponting and Jaques down the pitch for stumpings. The run rate slowed late in
the day, with both Hussey and Clarke struggling to read the Murali doosra; before bad light forced an end to play 14
overs early.

The second day belonged to Australia. Hussey and Clarke commenced the day on 28 and 5 respectively, but batted for a
further 4 hours to build their partnership to 245. Even after Hussey departed, hitting out when going for quick runs, new
batsman Andrew Symonds continued the onslaught, with a half-century off just 61 balls before the declaration came.
Only 16 overs were possible before bad light completed play for the day, and Sri Lanka did not survive. Jayasuriya and
Vandort both got fine edges off Brett Lee, and Adam Gilchrist behind the stumps made no mistake. With Sri Lanka 2 out
overnight, and still needing another 321 to avoid the follow-on, day 2 ended with Australia well on top.

On the third day, Australia continued their assault, with 3 more Sri Lankans making their way back to the pavilion before
lunch. It was slow going, with the visitors desperately attempting to dig in; but unable to keep the scoreboard ticking
over to put the Australians under pressure. Marvan Atapattu ground his way to 50, but faced 183 balls to bring up the
milestone. By the time Brett Lee had cleaned up the tail, Sri Lanka were 340 runs short of the Australian total.

Against recent trends, Australia chose to enforce the follow-on. The second innings was a brighter affair late on the third
day, with Jayasuriya upping the scoring rate in an attempt to put the Australians under pressure. But Atapattu and
Jayasuriya both lost their wickets late in the day, leaving Sri Lanka 2/80 at stumps and still 260 runs away from making
Australia bat again.

The fourth day was a frustrating, rain-interrupted day; with neither side able to build momentum between the frequent
rain delays in dark and soggy conditions. But Sri Lanka had the better of what play there was, a 102-run partnership
between Vandort and Jayawardene frustrating the Australians until Mitchell Johnson finally ended the partnership by
forcing an edge after lunch. But the highlight of the day came late, when Stuart MacGill produced a vicious turner to
dismiss Vandort and take his 200th Test wicket. But bad light was to stop play again soon after, with Sri Lanka to go into
the last day trailing by 122 runs with 5 wickets in hand.

But the rain and light was to prove only a temporary reprieve. The final day also saw several interruptions, but when the
players were on the field, a steady stream of wickets ensured the Australians would not have to bat again. An innings
victory for the Australians, with the Sri Lankan team in disarray after opener Marvan Atapattu publicly blasted the Sri
Lankan cricket administration, referring to them as "muppets". It will take something extraordinary for the Sri Lankans to
bounce back in the second Test on Friday.
Sri Lanka - 1st Innings

M Atapattu         c Jaques             b Johnson                      51
S Jayasuriya      c Gilchrist            b Lee                              7
M Vandort          c Gilchrist            b Lee                               0
M Jayawardene c Gilchrist            b Clark                           14
T Samaraweera  c Gilchrist           b Johnson                     13
L Silva                c Clarke               b Clark                           40
H Jayawardene   lbw                    b Lee                             37
M Maharoof                                    b Symonds                    21
C Vaas                                           b MacGill                         8
C Fernando         c Johnson           b Lee                              7
M Muralidaran                not out                                             6
Sundries (1lb, 6nb)                                                                7
81.5 Overs                                                             Total 211
Fall:
7, 11, 45, 65, 119, 153, 181, 198, 198, 211.

Bowling: B Lee 17.5-10-26-4, M Johnson 18-2-49-2, S
MacGill 25-5-79-1, S Clark 16-4-46-2, A Symonds 5-3-10-1.
Sri Lanka - 2nd Innings

M Atapattu               c Gilchrist           b Symonds               16
S Jayasuriya           c Ponting             b Lee                        39
M Vandort                                           b MacGill                   82
M Jayawardene      c Gilchrist            b Johnson                49
T Samaweera         c Hussey             b Johnson                20
L Silva                     c Hussey             b Lee                        43
H Jayawardene                  lbw          b Clark                        1
M Maharoof                                         b Lee                        18
C Vaas                                        not out                              11
C Fernando                                          b Lee                         4
M Muralidaran                                      b Clark                        4
Sundries (4b, 3lb, 6nb)                                                        13
99.2 Overs                                                              Total 300
Fall:
53, 65, 167, 213, 215, 226, 259, 281, 290, 300.

Bowling: B Lee 27-7-86-4, M Johnson 19-5-47-2, S Clark
22.2-3-75-2, A Symonds 6-1-21-1, S MacGill 25-3-64-1.
ALSO IN CRICKET:

Australia v Sri Lanka - 2nd Test
07/08
Australia v Sri Lanka - 1st Test
07/08
Chappell-Hadlee Trophy - 07/08
(1)
Chappell-Hadlee Trophy - 07/08
(2)
Chappell-Hadlee Trophy - 07/08
(3)
Australia v India - 1st Test 07/08
Ford Ranger Cup - Round 1
2007/08
Ford Ranger Cup - Round 2
2007/08

Photo Gallery - 20-20 Big Bash -
08/01/08 NSW v Queensland
UPCOMING
INTERNATIONAL FIXTURES
Nov 16-20 (Fri-Tue)
2nd Test - Australia v Sri
Lanka (Hobart)
Play starts 11am.

Dec 11 (Tue)
Twenty 20 International -
Australia v New Zealand
WACA, Play starts 8:30pm
(Sydney time)



DOMESTIC
FIXTURES/RESULTS:

Pura Cup

Adelaide Oval - Nov 9-12
South Australia 178
(C Ferguson 83, D Bollinger
4/63, N Bracken 4/50)
New South Wales 309
(S Katich 117,M Nicholson 44
M Cleary 3/40,D Cullen 3/75)
South Australia 291
(C Ferguson 59,R Harris 42*,
A Delmont 40, N Bracken
4/57, M Nicholson 3/51)
New South Wales 3/162
D Thornely 80*, S Katich 63*
NSW won by 7 wickets

MCG - Nov 9-12
Tasmania 235
(J Krejza 42, T Birt 37, B
McGain 5/68)
Victoria 408
(M Wade 95, B Hodge 93, A
McDonald 70, D Hussey 52, J
Krejza 4/91)
Tasmania 169
T Birt 51, D Marsh 35, G
Denton 6/32,S Harwood 3/40
Victoria won by an
innings & 4 runs.

WACA Ground - Nov 9-12
Queensland 228
(J Maher 111, A Noffke 34,
M Inness 5/38, S Magoffin
4/40)
Western Australia 5d/565
(L Pomersbach 176, March
166*, L Ronchi 105*, C
Rogers 47)
Queensland 167
(A Noffke 44, B Hogg 5/77,
S Magoffin 3/27)
WA won by an innings &
170 runs.

Gabba - Nov 18-21
Queensland v Victoria

SCG - Nov 20-23
New South Wales v Tasmania

Adelaide Oval - Nov 23-26
South Australia v Western
Australia


Ford Ranger Cup

WACA, Nov 14 (Wed, d/n)
Western Australia v
Queensland

Adelaide Oval, Nov 21
(Wed, d/n)
South Australia v Western
Australia

Gabba, Nov 23 (Fri, d/n)
Queensland v Victoria

North Sydney Oval, Nov 25
New South Wales v Tasmania