Sri Lanka put to the sword
Australia pile up 551-4 declared in Brisbane
By Phil Jackson. Last Updated: 10/11/07 9:57am
Clarke: Top scored
Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey both made centuries as Australia took control on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka.
All-rounder Andrew Symonds also chipped in with an unbeaten half-century as the world champions made 551-4 declared in their first innings.
Brett Lee then picked up two early wickets in Sri Lanka's reply to reduce the tourists to 31-2 at the close of play.
Australia have never been beaten by Sri Lanka in a home Test series and showed little sign of weakness again on Friday.
Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's attack was nullified by a combination of the pitch and some patient batting.
Instead it was seamer Dilhara Fernando who took Sri Lanka's only wicket of the day - that of Hussey (133).
The brilliant number four combined with Clarke in a partnership of 245 before Hussey was caught by Marvan Atapattu attempting to play an expansive stroke into the covers.
Clarke was not to be beaten though, going on to make 145 not out and share a stand of 90 with Symonds.
Ricky Ponting promptly decided to stick the tourists in for a difficult last hour and a half, and he was rewarded when Lee induced edges to Adam Gilchrist from opener Sanath Jayasuriya (seven) and Michael Vandort (duck).
Mahela Jayawardene and Atapattu rallied to close on 31-2 at the close, but Sri Lanka have much hard work ahead of them if they are to save this Test match.
Watch day three from Brisbane live on Sky Sports 1 from midnight on Friday.