Sunday 18 November 2007 

Australia Don't Enforce Follow-On And Build Huge Lead

Australia 542-5 declared (Jaques 150) & 111-1 (Jaques 50no) v
Sri Lanka 246 (DPMD Jayawardene 104) after day three in Hobart
Australia lead the two-match series 1-0

Australia bowled Sri Lanka out for 246 on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart before captain Ricky Ponting decided against enforcing the follow-on, instead opting to build a huge lead against the tourists. By stumps, Australia were 111 for one, some 407 runs ahead.

Brett Lee was the Australian's spearhead, taking four wickets as Sri Lanka fell a long way short of the home side's first innings score of 542, despite Mahela Jayawardene hitting a measured 104 from 194 balls.

His 19th Test century could not prevent Australia's charge as aside from Kumar Sangakkara (57), no other batsman could score more than Marvan Atapattu's 25.

There were two wickets apiece for Stuart Clark and Stuart MacGill while Mitchell Johnson took one wicket. Farveez Maharoof was run out.

Phil Jaques then continued his incredible run of form with an unbeaten fifty and Ponting was unbeaten on seven as Australia chose to bat again, losing the wicket of Matthew Hayden, trapped in front by Muttiah Muralitharan for 33.

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