Thursday 8 November 2007 

Jaques Century As Australia Enjoy Return To Test Action

Australia 242 for 3 (Jaques 100, Ponting 56) after 76 overs v
Sri Lanka after day one in Brisbane
First Test of two

Phil Jaques responded to his endorsement as Matthew Hayden's new opening partner by striking a century on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane as Australia's 'new era' began in much the same way as the old one had ended. They were well on top of the game when bad light ended play with 11 overs remaining, although Sri Lanka will rue four dropped catches throughout the day's play.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field, but found little reward as Jaques and Hayden (43) added 69 for the first wicket and Jaques and Ponting (56) 114 for the second. Jaques, dropped twice, took full advantage to make exactly a hundred before he was stumped off of Muttiah Muralitharan, facing 203 balls, 14 of which he hit for four.

The Prasanna Jayawardene-Muttiah Muralitharan combination also combined to stump Ponting, who made his 56 from 85 balls while Hayden was caught by Muralitharan with Chaminda Vaas the bowler.

Mike Hussey (28 not out) and Michael Clarke (5 not out) were the men at the crease when the offer of light was accepted, meaning play will start 30 minutes earlier than scheduled on day two.

As expected, Kumar Sangakkara was unable to take his place in the line up, with Michael Vandort set to bat at three while Thilan Samaraweera makes his Test return and Farveez Maharoof was preferred to Lasith Malinga. Mitchell Johnson makes his Test debut as Stuart MacGill returns to the Australian side.

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