Rangana Herath chats to the press after Day Four of the Hobart Test against Australia at Blundstone Arena.

Earlier in the day, Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath captured five for 96 to lead the Sri Lanka counter-attack.

The Australians finished nine wickets down after captain Michael Clarke retired hurt with an injured hamstring after smashing 57 off 46 balls and injured bowler Ben Hilfenhaus batted despite a side strain.

Australia collapsed, losing their last eight wickets for 146, after openers David Warner (68) and Ed Cowan (56) put on 132 for the first wicket.

Herath picked the crucial wickets of David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Nathan Lyon and Ben Hilfenhaus.