In a match billed as a warm-up match for Australia’s batting hopeful just as much as it was for the touring Sri Lankans, all the Cricket Australia XI runs were scored by players not actually in the new-look Test squad.
Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne all fell for single-figure scores in Hobart, while uncapped Will Pucovski – expected to bat at six in the first Test at the Gabba next week – made just 23.
Kurtis Patterson, though, made a sublime 157 not out from just 212 balls and shared an unbroken 218-run stand for the sixth wicket with keeper Jake Doran, who brought up his own century just before the declaration came at 316/5.
Dushmantha Chameera was the destroyer-in-chief of the CA top order, removing Renshaw, Labuschagne and Pucovski on his way to figures of 3/57.
So well did Patterson and Doran play that it might have made things interesting had Australia not already named their squad for the first Test. Instead, the ease with which they put the efforts of those ahead of them in the pecking order in the shade made it a bittersweet day for the hosts.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne steered the Sri Lankans to 38/0 at the close.
We may moan about Brexit, Donald Trump and other political situations – but Zimbabwe is no laughing matter…
Eoin Morgan has shown his support for the ECB’s controversial new 100-ball competition, hinting that it should replace the T20 Blast.
Trent Boult has admitted that he is still processing New Zealand’s heartbreaking World Cup final defeat.
MS Dhoni will miss the upcoming tour to the West Indies tour due to military commitments.
“We got within about 10 yards and she came out. We thought ‘wow she is keen to meet us.'”
The competition will be contested by six teams from Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.
The great man takes his rightful place among the game’s greats.
You can keep your Rugby World Cups lads, Stokes is ours.
England face Australia in the sole Test of the 2019 women’s Ashes.
The T20 Blast is lucky to have you AB.