David Warner and Phillip Hughes both missed out on reaching triple figures but their efforts propelled Australia closer to taking the lead against Sri Lanka on the second day at the SCG. By tea, the Australians were trailing by 53 runs with Michael Clarke on 42 and Michael Hussey on 18, and the total had moved on to 3 for 241. On a pitch that was drying out rapidly, the challenge for Australia was to build as big an advantage as possible in order to avoid too tricky a fourth-innings chase.
Clarke had started 2013 in much the same way he sailed through 2012, picking up runs all around the wicket and especially through the leg side with flicks and glances. He also used his feet to the spin of Rangana Herath and drove him over long-on for six, followed by a four lofted over mid-off. It was all the more frustrating for Herath after he would have had Clarke lbw first ball had he been able to convince Mahela Jayawardene to ask for a review of Aleem Dar’s not-out decision. Read more
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