Australia vs Sri Lanka

Kurtis Patterson,Australia vs Sri Lanka,Aus vs SL

Kurtis Patterson,Australia vs Sri Lanka,Aus vs SL

Australia produced their best first-innings display in nearly two years to roll Sri Lanka for 144 on day one of the pink-ball Test at the Gabba.

Head hit a Test best 84 and Labuschagne posted 81 as Australia amassed 323 to hold an imposing 179-run innings lead over the Sri Lanka after the second day.

Pat Cummins then landed a blow for Australia on the last ball of the day, getting Dimuth Karunaratne caught behind for 3 to leave Sri Lanka 17-1 and still trailing by 162.

Mendis was one of only two players to pass 1,000 runs in Test cricket past year.

Head sought a review but it sided with the umpire's call and he was on his way, shaking his head.

The selectors copped plenty of criticism when Labuschagne got the nod ahead of prodigious youngster Will Pucovski, but he justified his shock selection to score a maiden Test half-century on his home turf.

However a triple-figure score, which would have helped his Ashes cause, still eluded him when he pushed one to short mid-on from spinner Dhananjaya de Silva.

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The left-hander's innings had its chances for the Sri Lankans including a dropped catch from wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella on 29 off Dushmantha Chameera's bowling, but he otherwise played superbly through the offside.

Meanwhile Sri Lankan quick Lakmal claimed his third five-wicket haul in Tests with figures of 5-75, as he also got nightwatchman Nathan Lyon edging for one, Tim Paine out first ball in the same manner and Patterson lbw after knocking over Joe Burns on day one.

An eye-catching 25-ball 26 from Mitchell Starc, including a massive six into the members area, then steered the Aussies past 300.

Head and Labuschagne put on 166 runs for the fifth wicket to seize the momentum and put Australia in command after losing two wickets in the opening session chasing Sri Lanka's modest 144.

The 22-year-old Richardson bowled with real pace and found just enough movement to trouble the Sri Lankans, who struggled to come to terms with the bouncy Gabba wicket.

Western Australia seamer Richardson, who has impressed in white-ball cricket, was included in the party as a replacement for Josh Hazlewood (back) and has been given the nod to make his bow in the day-night contest.

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal earlier won the toss and elected to bat first on a hot and humid Brisbane afternoon but the visitors were forced to battle hard against the Australian attack.

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