Sri Lanka Crash To Innings Defeat In Brisbane

Australia (551-4d) v Sri Lanka (211) (300) Australia won by an innings and 40 runs Australia duly wrapped up an innings victory on the final day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane as Brett Lee took three wickets to finish with figures of four for 86. The tourists, following on, were bowled out for 300 with Stuart Clark taking the other two wickets to fall on the final day's play. After being bowled out for 211, Sri Lanka were forced to follow on a massive 340 runs behind Australia and lost two wickets before the close of play on the third day and lost three more on day four, closing on 218 for five after bad light closed play early. There was some encouragement for Sri Lanka, as Michael Vandort hit 82, with ten fours, sharing a stand of 102 with his captain Mahela Jayawardene (49). Vandort was bowled by Stuart MacGill, who celebrated his 200th Test dismissal while Mitchell Johnson picked up the wickets of Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera (20) to keep Australia well in front. In Sri Lanka's first innings, the wickets were shared around between the Australian bowlers with Brett Lee taking four for 29, Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Clark two apiece with Stuart MacGill taking one. Marvan Atapattu marked his return to the side with 51 and Prasanna Jayawardene made 40 in a disappointing effort from the Sri Lankans. Australia's mammoth first innings was built on centuries from Phil Jaques, Mike Hussey and Michael Clarke. © Cricket World 2007