Melbourne: Dec 27, 2012
The second day of the Boxing Day Test belonged to the Australia as they extended their first innings lead over Sri Lanka at Melbourne.
Captain Michael Clarke trumped Ricky Ponting as Australia's highest runscorer in a calendar year with another century as his team clamped an iron grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka.
Clarke eclipsed Ponting's previous national record of 1,544 runs and went on to score 106 to continue his stellar 2012 as another heavy defeat loomed for the hapless Sri Lankans in Melbourne after losing the opening Test by 137 runs.
It was yet more misery, though, for Shane Watson, who missed out on his third Test century and his first hundred since October 2010 when he fell for a Sri Lankan sucker punch on 83.
At the close on the second day, Australia were 440 for eight with 200-wicket paceman Mitchell Johnson enjoying a great all-round match with his seventh Test half-century on 73 and Nathan Lyon yet to score.
Australia had extended their lead over the tourists to 284 runs with two wickets intact, leaving the undermanned Sri Lanka, skittled for 156 off 43.4 overs on Wednesday, looking down the barrel of defeat on the third day.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 156 (Kumar Sangakkara 58, Prasanna Jayawardene 24; Mitchell Johnson 4 for 63, Peter Siddle 2 for 30) trail Australia 440 for 8 (Michael Clarke 106, Shane Watson 83, Mitchell Johnson 73*, David Warner 62; Dhammika Prasad 3 for 102) by 284 runs
First Published: December 28, 2012, 5:00 am