Sri Lanka staged a comeback on day two of the first Test in Kandy, but Australia were still on top when rain again brought proceedings to a halt just before tea. Sri Lanka will resume on day three still 80 runs behind Australia with nine wickets in hand.
Sri Lanka spin legend, Muttiah Muralitharan, will become the first player from his country to be inducted into the ICC's Cricket Hall of Fame.
The mental fortitude of Australian Cricket teams has traditionally been a point of great strength and one wouldn't feel they needed any advantage over Sri Lanka.
Australia forced home an early advantage on Day 1 of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy despite losing the whole evening session to rain. The tourists bowled Sri Lanka out for 117 in just 34.2 overs after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.
Former Sri Lanka spinner and current Australia backroom staff member, Muttiah Muralitharan, has fired back after he was accused of influencing the preparation of the pitch at the P Sara Oval in Australia's warm up match.
Former South Africa and Hamspshire wicketkeeper Nic Pothas has been appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket as their new head fielding coach, meaning he will leave his job as the Leicestershire Academy director.