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Saturday December 15, 2012

Half-centuries put Aussies ahead in Test

HOBART (Australia): Australia took the upper hand against Sri Lanka following half-centuries by Phil Hughes, David Warner and Michael Clarke on the opening day of first Hobart Test yesterday.

The Australians always had the measure of the unthreatening Sri Lankan bowling attack, but Mahela Jayawardene’s team kept a lid on the scoring rate to just above three runs and over with alert ground fielding.

Hughes hit 86 on his Test comeback a year after being sacked for a second time, while Warner ran himself out for 57 just before lunch.

At the close, Australia were 299 for four after winning the toss with in-form skipper Clarke unbeaten on 70 and veteran Mike Hussey not out on 37 in an unbroken 101-run stand.

Clarke in the process raised 1,400 runs for the calendar year, averaging over 116.

“Overall at four for 299 the ball’s in our court,” Hughes said. “I thought we were outstanding today with Pup (Michael Clarke) and Huss (Mike Hussey) putting on a 100 at the end, so that really gives us momentum going into tomorrow.” — AFP

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