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Australia beat Sri Lanka in second Test

Johnson shines as Australia fire Ashes warning with brutal demolition of Sri Lanka inside three days

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07:37 GMT, 28 December 2012

Fierce bowling from a revitalised Mitchell Johnson powered Australia to victory by an innings and 201 runs against Sri Lanka in a Boxing Day Test that ended inside three days at the MCG.

Johnson – after being left stranded eight short of a second Test century earlier in the day when Australia were dismissed for 460 in reply to Sri Lanka's first-innings 156 – captured two for 16, injured two top-order batsmen and affected a run-out as the tourists were skittled for 103.

Sri Lanka had lost seven wickets midway through day three's second session but, with Prasanna Jayawardene and Chanaka Welagedara unable to bat, and Kumar Sangakkara unable to return having retired hurt on 27, the Australians were home and dry.

The trouncing meant Australia retained the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, with the third fixture in Sydney to start next week.

Flying high: Mitchell Johnson (left) and Matthew Wade celebrate the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan

Flying high: Mitchell Johnson (left) and Matthew Wade celebrate the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan

Party time: The Aussies celebrate as they grind down Sri Lanka in Melbourne

Party time: The Aussies celebrate as they grind down Sri Lanka in Melbourne

Johnson's brilliant second-innings effort capped a remarkable Test for the rejuvenated 31-year-old.
The left-armer claimed four for 63 – including his 200th victim – in Sri Lanka's first innings before boosting his reputation as a lower-order batsman with an unbeaten 92 in Australia's reply.

Light showers delayed the start of play by 15 minutes this morning before Australia added 20 runs for the loss of Nathan Lyon, caught at short mid-wicket for one, and Jackson Bird, comprehensively bowled by Shaminda Eranga for a duck.

Eranga (three for 109) and Dhammika Prasad (three for 106) were the leading bowlers for Sri Lanka.
The visitors could not have started the rearguard action any worse as Johnson and debutant Bird (two for 29) dismantled their flaky top order.

Unstoppable: Johnson was in stunning form in the Melbourne sunshine

Unstoppable: Johnson was in stunning form in the Melbourne sunshine

They had dramatically slumped to 13 for four midway through the morning session. Johnson started the rot with the run-out of Dimuth Karunaratne (one) in the first over and removed Tillakaratne Dilshan (nought) the next ball when Ed Cowan pouched a catch at square leg.

Bird made matters worse for the besieged tourists when he bowled Mahela Jayawardene for a duck and trapped Thilan Samaraweera lbw for one just before lunch.

Only Sangakkara (27) and Angelo Mathews (35) provided any resistance and, when the former retired hurt after copping a blow to the index finger from a Johnson bouncer, the match was in its death throes.

Sliding in: Johnson runs out Dimuth Karunaratne as Australia dominate Down Under

Sliding in: Johnson runs out Dimuth Karunaratne as Australia dominate Down Under

After Johnson bowled Mathews, Peter Siddle wrapped up Australia's win by removing Eranga for a duck.

Johnson took man-of-the-match honours ahead of Australia captain Michael Clarke who scored 106 on day two.

Shane Watson was another contributor for the winners with a gutsy 83 yesterday, but the all-rounder was unable to bowl in the second innings and is in doubt for the third Test after aggravating a chronic calf injury.

Sri Lanka v England, day four, first Test, Galle

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Sri Lanka v England: Essentials

England: Andrew
Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell,
Matt Prior (wkt), Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James
Anderson, Monty Panesar

Sri Lanka:
Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela
Jayawardene (c), Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna
Jayawardene (wkt), Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Chanaka Welegedera, Suranga Lakmal.

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Rod Tucker (Australia). TV: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Referee: Javagal Srinath (India).

1st innings: Sri Lanka 318, England 193.

2nd innings: Sri lanka 214

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48th over: England 128-3 (Trott 51, Bell 4)

Lakmal has only conceded one bye this morning – and that came courtesy of an overthrow. Safe to say he's hitting his straps in this early spell. He completes his third maiden of the morning.

47th over: England 128-3 (Trott 51, Bell 4)

Right, so where are we Sri Lanka will be delighted to have taken the early scalp of Kevin Pietersen, they are heavy favourites to win this, but Test matches don't win themselves. England are three down and still require a further 212 runs to win this match. In terms of actual action: that was another maiden for Randiv.

46th over: England 128-3 (Trott 51, Bell 4)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. Lakmal sends six outside off, tempting Trott who's having none of it. Maiden.

45th over: England 128-3 (Trott 51, Bell 4)

England are riding their luck at the moment. Trott nudges forward, hits the man at short leg flush on the boot, the ball pops up high in the air, but lands just out of harms' way. There follows a sublime reverse sweep through the vacant point area for four to bring up his half-century. And Bell moves off the mark with an outrageously positive flat bat over mid-on for four.

44th over: England 119-3 (Trott 46, Bell 0)

Messy. Lakmal appeals – for an age – but his lbw shout was appalling, sliding well down leg. In the melee Jayawardene spotted Bell out of his crease and went for the run out, but missed and England stole a run with an overthrow.

43rd over: England 118-3 (Trott 46, Bell 0)

KP loses his wicket with the fifth delivery of the over, but in truth the damage was done at the start of the over. Sri Lanka celebrate (wildly) two successive bat/pad shouts which were declined, Pietersen then came on strike and tried to attack Randiv, but failed to play the spin and was caught in a right old mess.

WICKET! Kevin Pietersen c M Jayawardene b Randiv 30

Oh dear. Poor shot all things told, KP goes trying to be positive, dancing down the track, fails to meet the pitch, and clips to Jayawardene at short midwicket.

42nd over: England 117-2 (Trott 45, Pietersen 30)

Its the old one-two from Sri Lanka who go for spin/seam combination as Suranga Lakmal joins Randiv in the attack, coming in from the Fort End. Credit to KP who has clearly worked on bringing his bat down straight… but he has a slice of luck after toe-ending back past Lakmal whose despairing dive just fails to take the caught and bowled chance. Maiden.

41st over: England 117-2 (Trott 45, Pietersen 30)

Here we go, then. Suraj Randiv begins the attack for the hosts with short leg, silly point and leg slip inserted. His fourth delivery is over-pitched, becoming a juicy half-volley punched back through covers for four runs. A very decent start for England: six from the over.

5.28: Players are on their way out, the Barmy Army belt out Jerusalem. It looks set for a scorcher, hottest day of the Test so far, I'm told. What a day in prospect!

5.21: One way or another we will have a result today. Thus promoting excitement about the day's play and forwarding the four-day Test argument. Extend the hours, floodlights, why shouldn't it happen

Before play resumes, why not have a quick read of Paul Newman's report.

And here are the observations of Lawrence Booth, too.

5.18: The continued failure of Andrew Strauss with the bat is now of real concern. He has one century in his previous 25 innings, the 110 he scored in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane in November 2010.

The best teams evolve, adapt and resolve problems efficiently. Far from being a leader, it now seems Strauss is a nervy hindrance at top of the order.

But England should persevere with their captain, all is not lost, according to former England captain Nasser Hussain. Have a read of his thoughts here.

5.10am: Morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day four of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka in Galle. An enthralling day yesterday as Andrew Strauss's side conspired to move into a losing position in the field only to rally with the bat leaving us thinking: what if

The visitors require a record run-chase total of 340 after allowing the hosts' tail to linger and, after losing the two openers cheaply, it seemed like a case of more of the same for England in the subcontinent this summer.

However, the stand between Jonathan Trott (40) and Kevin Pietersen (29) has made the unlikely seem possible. But there's a long way to go yet.


Fighting chance: Pietersen and Trott have given England hope of victory

Fighting chance: Pietersen and Trott have given England hope of victory

Sri Lanka v England, first Test, day three, Galle

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Sri Lanka v England: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wkt), Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene (wkt), Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Chanaka Welegedera, Suranga Lakmal.

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Rod Tucker (Australia). TV: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Referee: Javagal Srinath (India).

1st innings: Sri Lanka 318, England 193

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40th over: Sri Lanka 95-5 (Chandimal 19, Randiv 12)

Another air-tight over from Anderson. Only the single from it as Randiv dabs to the off side. England bowling well in this early vignette, but need the breakthrough to come soon.

39th over: Sri Lanka 95-5 (Chandimal 19, Randiv 11)

Much talk of what will be a manageable total for England to chase. Interestingly, Sri Lanka scored 253 in their fourth innings on this pitch against Australia last year. Hope yet Swann dips one short, outside off, bottom edge from Randiv cannons off Prior's gloves and runs away. Half a chance.

38th over: Sri Lanka 92-5 (Chandimal 19, Randiv 8)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden for Jimmy Anderson.

37th over: Sri Lanka 92-5 (Chandimal 19, Randiv 8)

Just going to throw this out there: England's highest run-chase (in the last ten years) has been 294 against New Zealand in Manchester. Sri Lanka's lead is now 217 with five wickets in hand. Harumph. Swann continues to guile them in, there's drift then turn and really encouraging signs for the spinner. If only the batsmen had given him a bit more to work with. Just one from the over.

36th over: Sri Lanka 91-5 (Chandimal 18, Randiv 8)

(Oh Jimmy, Jimmy. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy) Anderson joins Swann in the attack, just the one slip in place in these early stages. A touch coy from Andrew Strauss Consensus is England really have to force Sri Lanka's hands if they are to force themselves back into this Test. Stunning cut through point from Randiv as Anderson sends one down wide of off stump. Four runs!

35th over: Sri Lanka 87-5 (Chandimal 18, Randiv 4)

Slip, short leg and a silly point inserted for Graeme Swann who gets the proceedings under way. Encouraging signs for Swann who generates some turn out of the rough. The Barmy Army are in fine voice early on. They serenade the England players with a hearty version of Jerusalem and we batten down the hatches for another rollercoaster day of Test action.

5.28: Another glorious day in Galle, England will certainly be hoping to make further gains before the searing midday heat arrives. The players are making their way out now. Time for the action.

5.25: What do you think will, be an attainable score for England Anything around 250 and you'd hope the visitors can take a 1-0 lead. Easy enough, right

5.20: So, danger man Mahela Jayawardene has gone. The man who stitched the hosts' first-innings together has gone for just five after scoring 180 earlier in the Test. But with the lead already 209, can England's batsmen hold it together when the run chase begins I fear my confidence – like theirs – is on the wane.

5.15: Sportsmail's team in Sri Lanka have passed judgment on the action on day two. You can read Paul Newman's report on day one here. And Lawrence Booth's thoughts here.

5.10am: Morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day three of the first Test between Sri Lanka and England in Galle. Another day of high drama at this famous old ground yesterday as the Andrew Strauss's side were skittled for a paltry 193, leaving them staring a heavy defeat down the barrel. But late gains from England's bowlers – yet again – have put this game back in the balance although Sri Lanka remain favourites from this position. Fascinating stuff.


Bowled: Thirimanne loses his off stump

Bowled: Thirimanne loses his off stump

England v Sri Lanka, first Test, day one, Galle

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England v Sri Lanka: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wkt), Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene (wkt), Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedera.

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Rod Tucker (Australia). TV: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Referee: Javagal Srinath (India).

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4th over: Sri Lanka 15-3 (M Jayawardene 0, Samaraweera 0)

Thilan Samaraweera the new man in and Sri Lanka need a rescue job from their experienced middle order pair here. Four from the over.

WICKET! Dilshan c Strauss b Broad 11

Got him! The end of an ugly little innings from the enigmatic opener and Sri Lanka are falling apart here.

4th over: Sri Lanka 15-2 (Dilshan 11, M Jayawardene 0)

Dilshan is winging from the hip as if he's playing Twenty20… and he thick edges over the slips again for four. Lucky or plucky I'll let you be the judge, but it doesn't look pretty…

3rd over: Sri Lanka 11-2 (Dilshan 7, M Jayawardene 0)

Jayawardene survives the hat-trick ball… what brilliant bowling from Anderson, who once again proves he can swing it anywhere in the world. Double wicket maiden.

WICKET! Sangakkara c Prior b Anderson 0

Anderson on a hat-trick! A carbon copy as Sangakkara has a flirt outside off. What a start!

WICKET! Thirimanne c Swann b Anderson 3

Anderson continues his fine start by catching Thirimanne's edge. He's bowling a perfect length and Thirimanne had been struggling to read the swing… Swann takes a simple catch at second slip.

2nd over: Sri Lanka 11-0 (Thirimanne 3, Dilshan 7)

Dilshan gets Sri Lanka off the mark by pushing Broad through midwicket for three. Thirimanne flicks behind square for two more. Broad then oversteps and Thirimanne flicks him for one more… Close! Dilshan edges an ugly slash over where third slip would have been. Expensive start this for Broad, 10 from the over.

Sportsmail's Paul Newman in Galle: 'England waste a review in first over. Unlike them. Strauss normally urges caution but Anderson and Prior were sure. Good decision, Tucker.'

1st over: Sri Lanka 0-0 (Thirimanne 0, Dilshan 0)

Anderson to open the bowling for England, the left-handed Thirimanne on strike. Some early swing for Anderson but the pitch is very slow… Appeal! They're reviewing it… It looked pretty good in full speed but the replay shows it pitched just outside leg, it might have been going over the top as well. Dramatic start! Maiden.

Assessing the conditions: Monty Panesar takes a look at the Galle pitch

Assessing the conditions: Monty Panesar takes a look at the Galle pitch

5.29am: The players are out in the middle… here we go.

5.18am: Here's some reading for you with just over 10 minutes until the start of play… Paul Newman previews the day's action here. Nasser Hussain reminds us of the challenging conditions in Sri Lanka here. And Lawrence Booth takes a look at the hosts' attack here.

5.08am: It'll be interesting to see whether Prior or Patel come in at No 6 but he won't have to worry about that for a while. England have three genuine spin options with Patel's inclusion.

5.05am: Strauss confirms Patel starts in place of the dropped Eoin Morgan and ahead of Ravi Bopara, otherwise England are unchanged from the last Test against Pakistan.

5.00am: BREAKING: Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to bat.

4.57am: BREAKING: Samit Patel looks set to start ahead of Ravi Bopara for England as he is handed his first cap. I'll have the full team news for you just as soon as it's confirmed.

4.45am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportmail's live coverage of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka in Galle. This is only a two-Test series, so with a maximum of 10 days cricket to be played over the next couple of weeks, it's vital England get off to a strong start of they are to banish those memories of the whitewash in Pakistan.

Here we go: The captains Andrew Strauss (left) and Mahela Jayawardene pose with the trophy ahead of the two-match series

Here we go: The captains Andrew Strauss (left) and Mahela Jayawardene pose with the trophy ahead of the two-match series