Half-centuries from Phil Hughes, David Warner and Michael Clarke handed Australia the clear advantage on day two of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney.
After bowling Sri Lanka out for 294 on the opening day, Australia closed on 342 for six after Hughes made 87, Warner 85 and Clarke 50 to give Australia a lead of 48.
Matthew Wade was unbeaten on 47 although Australia's day was slightly marred when Michael Hussey - in what could be his final Test innings - was run out for 25.
Captain Michael Clarke scored more runs than anyone in 2012 and he started the new year in good form, his half-century helping Australia rebuild following the dismissals of Warner, Hughes and Hussey.
Rangana Herath was the pick of the bowlers with two for 69 while there was a wicket apiece for Nuwan Pradeep and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
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