Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke who passed a fitness Test ahead of the game was unbeaten on 19 at the close of play on Day One of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka © AFP

Melbourne: Dec 26, 2012

Australia ended the first day of the Boxing Day Test on a high after dismissing Sri Lanka for a paltry score in the first innings. They will begin Day Two just six runs short of the Sri Lankan total and will look to build a big total.

Australia skittled out Sri Lanka for 156 and trailed by just six runs at stumps after an eventful opening day saw 13 wickets fall in the second Test in Melbourne.

The home side were in command before a Boxing Day crowd of 67,138 at the sun-bathed Melbourne Cricket Ground, after winning the opening Test in Hobart by 137 runs.

Kumar Sangakkara joined the 10,000 runs club and Mitchell Johnson claimed his 200th Test wicket before the Australian batsmen made Sri Lanka pay for their paltry first innings total made off just 43.4 overs, with David Warner clobbering 62 off 46 balls.

Despite a late flurry of wickets Australia finished the day well on top. At the close they were 150 for three with Michael Clarke, who passed a fitness test on a strained hamstring, not out 20 and Shane Watson on 13.

(With inputs from AFP)

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 156 (Kumar Sangakkara 58, Prasanna Jayawardene 24; Mitchell Johnson 4 for 63, Peter Siddle 2 for 30) lead Australia 150 for 3 (David Warner 62, Ed Cowan 36, Michael Clarke 20*; Angelo Mathews 1 for 9) by 6 runs.

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