Saturday 17 November 2007 

Australia Rack Up Huge Score In Hobart

Australia 542 for 5 declared (Jaques 150, Hussey 132, Clarke 71) v
Sri Lanka 30 for 0 after day two in Hobart
Australia lead the two-match series 1-0

Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, and Adam Gilchrist added half-centuries on day two of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Hobart to put their side in firm control of the match.

Needing to win to tie the series, the Sri Lankan bowlers toiled for little reward for the second day running as Clarke (71) added 125 with Mike Hussey, who scored 132 having restarted overnight on 101.

Dilhara Fernando picked up the wicket of Hussey, finishing as the most successful Sri Lankan bowler with two for 134 while Lasith Malinga dismissed Clarke, leaving Symonds (50 not out) and Adam Gilchrist (67 not out) to further punish the tiring attack with the declaration coming once Symonds had reached his half-century.

After Phil Jaques hit a century on day one, only Matthew Hayden (17) and Ricky Ponting (31) failed to make a half-century in their score of 542 for five.

To their credit, Sri Lanka survived a testing late spell of batting, Marvan Atapattu (17) and Michael Vandort (12) playing out 12 overs from Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee.

© Cricket World 2007