After 113 days without a single Test century, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Australia</a> had two within an hour. On day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Canberra's Manuka Oval - making its Test debut - the pair of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-burns/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Joe Burns</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/travis-head/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Travis Head</a> reached three figures either side of the tea break to allow a country's cricketing fans to exhale. <p></p> <p></p>Since Usman Khawaja batted nearly all through Australia's final innings on a wearing Dubai surface in the second week of October 2018, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pakistan-vs-australia-1st-test-usman-khawaja-tim-paine-deny-pakistan-in-epic-draw-754491" target="_blank" rel="noopener">thus helping seal an epic draw versus Pakistan</a>, not a single Australian batsman had scored a Test hundred. (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/sri-lanka-in-australia-2019-200899/live-scores/australia-vs-sri-lanka-live-cricket-score-2nd-test-match-186726-full-scorecard.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>SCORECARD: AUSTRALIA vs SRI LANKA, 2nd TEST</strong></a>) <p></p> <p></p>In six Test matches, the best individual score was Head's 84, scored last week during the day-night Test against Sri Lanka. During four Test matches with India, the best any Australian batsman managed was 79. (<strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/australia-vs-sri-lanka-2018-19-2nd-test-joe-burns-and-travis-head-in-record-stand-for-australia-798021" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Joe Burns and Travis Head in record stand for Australia</a>) <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_798025" align="alignnone" width="768"]<img class="size-full wp-image-798025" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/JoeBurnsTravisHead308.jpg" alt="Joe Burns and Travis Head scored Australia's first Test centuries in 113 days." width="768" height="512" /> Joe Burns and Travis Head scored Australia's first Test centuries in 113 days. AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>As criticism grew of an already depleted batting order grew during the series defeat to India, the pressure was on Australia's batsmen to deliver. The three-day win in Brisbane last week masked some of the deficiencies with Head scoring 84 and Marnus Labuschagne 81 in the team's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/australia-vs-sri-lanka-2018-19-gabba-test-suranga-lakmal-claims-five-australia-lead-by-179-795272" target="_blank" rel="noopener">highest partnership of the home summer</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Come the Canberra Test, and Australia were 28/3 against a new-look Sri Lankan pace attack. Up stepped Burns with his fourth Test century, to become the first Australian to reach three figures in 113 days. After Burns got there with a dab to cover before tea, Australia's vice-captain Head secured his maiden Test hundred after the break with a drive into the off side for four. <p></p> <p></p>Head converted his innings into 161 before he was fourth out, whereas Burns was batting on a Test-best 172 not out at stumps with Australia at 384/4. <p></p> <p></p>Their partnership of 308 is now the best for Australia against Sri Lanka, outdoing the 260 that Steve Waugh and Dean Jones put on in Hobart in 1989.