Australia opening batsman Ed Cowan alleged on Tuesday that his teammates Michael Hussey, Peter Siddle or Nathan Lyon could be the culprit behind his missing pair of shoes, which were very special to him.

Cowan completed his maiden Test ton against South Africa last month wearing those shoes, which makes it even more special.

Cowan also thinks that Australia team physio Alex Kountouris could also be the one behind the incident.

Meanwhile,  Australia made an important breakthrough with the wicket of captain Mahela Jayawardene as they pushed for victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Hobart on Tuesday.

The Australians set out on the final day needing eight wickets to go one up in the three-Test series while the Sri Lankans required the more improbable 328 runs to beat the home side on a wearing Bellerive pitch, AFP reported.