Friday 16 November 2007 

Jaques And Hussey Plunder Runs As Media Boycott Ends

Australia 329 for 3 (Jaques 150, Hussey 101no) v
Sri Lanka after day one in Hobart
Australia lead the two-match Test series 1-0

Phil Jaques hit 150 and Mike Hussey 101 not out as Australia continued the form they showed in Brisbane as they dominated day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Jaques and Hussey added 152 for the third wicket after Matthew Hayden (17) and Ricky Ponting (31) were dismissed. Jaques was caught by Dilhara Fernando off of Sanath Jayasuriya after facing 237 balls and hitting 18 of them for four. He had driven and cut the Sri Lankans to distraction before lofting Jayasuriya to Fernando at long on.

Hussey completed his century, full of imperious cover drives and vicious pulls, shortly before the end of play while Michael Clarke (eight) was the other unbeaten batsman.

There was no Chaminda Vaas for the visitors, his replacement Lasith Malinga unable to take a wicket while Kumar Sangakkara returned to the side. Australia were unchanged from the side that romped home in Brisbane.

It was later announced that the media boycott of the match would end after the news agencies concerned reached a deal with Cricket Australia.

"Reuters is very happy to resume its timely and premium coverage after Cricket Australia withdrew its unacceptable restrictions to the freedom of coverage," Monique Villa, Reuters managing director, media, said in a statement.

"Cricket Australia has finally agreed to withdraw its request for a licence fee to cover the events and restrictions preventing Reuters from distributing news to all its media clients.

"Reuters refused to discriminate among clients and is satisfied that Cricket Australia has finally abandoned its attempt to restrict our rights."



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