As it happened: First Test Day Two

As it happened: First Test Day Two

As it happened: First Test Day Two

Updated 15 December 2012, 19:23 AEDT

Sri Lanka slumped to 4 for 87 at stumps chasing Australia's 5 for 450 declared on day two of the first Test in Hobart.

Mike Hussey earlier scored his 19th Test century to go with half-centuries from Phil Hughes, David Warner, Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade.

Look back on how we covered the day's proceedings (all times AEDT).

First Test: Stumps, day two

Sri Lanka 4-87 (29.1 overs)

T. Dilshan 50*

D. Karunaratne 14

M. Dilshan 12

N. Lyon 1-0 (2.1 overs)

S. Watson 1-16 (5 overs)

B. Hilfenhaus 1-18 (9 overs)

Australia 5-450 dec. (131 overs)

M. Hussey 115*

P. Hughes 86

M. Clarke 74

C. Welegedara 3-130 (26 overs)

S. Eranga 1-90 (25 overs)

T. Dilshan 0-30 (7 overs)

7:00pm: Play will resume 30 minutes early on day three at 10:00am (AEDT), to make up for some of the time lost today due to rain. Be sure to join us then - bye for now.

6:45pm: Peter Newlinds is speaking with Aussie centurion Mike Hussey:

You need a bit of luck that's for sure, like what I showed when I was on 96 (dropped on the boundary). My age (37), you know it's not going to last forever so you just try and cherish every moment you get. I don't want to put an end point on it at the moment... it took a long time just to get one opportunity so I don't want to wish it away too quickly, that's for sure.

Wicket

6:40pm: Out! Nathan Lyon strikes in the last over of the day! Samaraweera cuts, top edges it and Matthew Wade takes it on the second attempt to leave Sri Lanka 4 for 87 at stumps.

Thilan Samaraweera

c Wade b Lyon 7

4-87 (Dilshan 50*)

6:37pm: 50 for Dilshan. He hooks Watson for four to get there too. 82 balls with eight fours. Handy knock.

50 for Dilshan

8 x 4s 0 x 6s

82 balls

SR: 60.98

6:32pm: Just one run from that Watson over. Nathan Lyon replaces Ben Hilfenhaus. He's had just the one over before tea so far.

6:15pm: Thilan Samaraweera is the new batsman and he gets off the mark second ball with a couple off Watson.

Wicket

6:12pm: Gone! Massive blow as replays show that's hitting the stumps. The skipper is sent packing for 12 and Sri Lanka's in a spot of bother now at 3 for 70.

Mahela Jayawardene

lbw Watson 12

3-70 (Dilshan 40*)

6:10pm: Out!? Shane Watson goes up for lbw on Mahela Jayawardene and it's given out. He refers it upstairs.

6:03pm: Shane Watson comes on to bowl now, replacing Siddle. Sri Lanka 2 for 64.

5:59pm: Dilshan carves a Starc full toss behind point to move to 34. Jayawardene's on 12.

5:46pm: That's drinks with Sri Lanka 2 for 45 after 17 overs. Dilshan is on 26 and the captain Mahela Jayawardene 1.

5:41pm: Drew Morphett points out that Kumar Sangakkara's recent form in the first innings of Tests is an "absolute nightmare" - five ducks from 10 innings. Very uncharacteristic for a bloke averaging almost 56 coming into this clash.

Wicket

5:34pm: Out! Kumar Sangakkara goes for 4! Siddle strikes as Hussey takes one in the gully. "Brilliantly bowled by Peter Siddle, he had him in defence covering off stump. The edge was taken, Mr Cricket just doesn't drop them. That had a lot of heat on it and he just swallowed it," Kerry O'Keeffe says.

Kumar Sangakkara

c Hussey b Siddle 4

2-42 (Dilshan 24*)

5:27pm: Couple of terrific shots from Dilshan - both boundaries - to take him to 24. Kumar Sangakkara is on 1 and Sri Lanka is 39.

5:23pm: 'There's a lot of chat about where Ben Hilfenhaus is at. He didn't have a great series against South Africa but he's back here with an early wicket, let's see how he goes," Kerry O'Keeffe says. Ummm... he's just had an absolute Barry Crocker in the outfield to concede a four. Peter Siddle ain't impressed.

Wicket

5:12pm: Out! Dimuth Karunaratne goes for 14, edging behind to Matt Wade. "Terrific bit of bowling by Hilfenhaus, tactically very sound," Kerry O'Keeffe says.

Dimuth Karunaratne

c Wade b Hilfenhaus 14

1-25 (Dilshan 11*)

5:08pm: Roshan points out that this is the first time Karunaratne and Dilshan have batted together in Test cricket - Dilshan did not play in the match where Karunaratne made his debut in Galle.

5:03pm: "Three deliveries after tea and we haven't really seen anything dangerous for the batsman," Roshan Abeysinghe says. Want to know more about Roshan? Peter Newlinds has penned this profile piece.

@RicFinlay First time since March 2010 Australia has had 5 individual scores of 50+ in a Test innings. That's 28 Tests ago #AusvSL

First Test: Tea, day twoSecond session highlights:

Sri Lanka 0-21 (7 overs)

D. Karunaratne 13*

T. Dilshan 8*

N. Lyon 0-0 (1 over)

B. Hilfenhaus 0-6 (2 overs)

Australia 5-450 dec. (131 overs)

M. Hussey 115*

P. Hughes 86

M. Clarke 74

C. Welegedara 3-130 (26 overs)

S. Eranga 1-90 (25 overs)

T. Dilshan 0-30 (7 overs)

4:43pm: That's tea with Sri Lanka reaching 0 for 21 after seven overs. Karunaratne's on 13 and Dilshan 8.

4:39pm: Lyon has motored through that over, a maiden, so we'll squeeze one more in before the interval.

4:36pm: Nathan Lyon to bowl what should be the final over before tea. Sri Lanka 0 for 16.

4:25pm: Just the one off Hilfenhaus's first, with Tillakaratne Dilshan getting off the mark.

4:20pm: Six runs off that first over. Here's the local lad Ben Hilfenhaus to bowl from the Church St End. Let's see if he can extract some swing.

4:16pm: It's Mitchell Starc to kick off from the River End. Dimuth Karunaratne is facing up in just his second Test match. His first reaped a duck and an unbeaten, run-a-ball 60, against New Zealand in Galle.

First Test: First innings

Australia 5-450 dec. (131 overs)

Sri Lanka

M. Hussey 115*

P. Hughes 86

M. Clarke 74

C. Welegedara 3-130 (26 overs)

S. Eranga 1-90 (25 overs)

T. Dilshan 0-30 (7 overs)

4:05pm: Declaration. Michael Clarke has called them in with Australia on 5 for 450. Hussey finishes unbeaten on 115 with Wade unbeaten on 68. They put on 146 for the sixth wicket.

3:55pm:

@RicFinlay Hussey maintains his position as the top average-holder in Tests v SL, 108.9 before this Test. Ahead of SWaugh 87.63, Lara 86.5, ABdeV 81.43

3:52pm: Australia 5 for 429 at drinks with Hussey on 103 and Wade 59.

3:49pm:

@ESPNcricinfo Michael Hussey’s Test scores against Sri Lanka: 133, 132, 34*, 95, 15, 142, 118, 93 and now 100* es.pn/TfqRnz #AusvSL

Century

3:45pm: Century to Mike Hussey! And he's dropped on the boundary to boot! It was right down Thilan Samaraweera's throat but he's put it down and then knocked it over the rope for good measure. Relief for Hussey, who registers his 19th Test ton and keeps his average against Sri Lanka above a remarkable triple figures. That's three centuries in four Tests this summer for Hussey - unbelievable.

100 for Hussey

8 x 4s 0 x 6s

171 balls

SR: 58.48

3:42pm: Another four to Hussey, who moves to 96. It's a lolly from Tillakaratne Dilshan and gets what it deserves.

3:41pm: 50 for Matthew Wade. "Yet another contribution from the new wicketkeeper, he's doing an excellent job at number seven," Jim Maxwell says.

50 for Wade

3 x 4s 0 x 6s

119 balls

SR: 42.01

3:39pm: The lads are discussing what sort of a score Michael Clarke will want to post here, given the time lost to rain today. Kerry thinks he'll want to bat the rest of the day and then back his bowlers to take the 20 wickets.

3:36pm: That's the 100 partnership up between these two. Hussey cuts for four between second slip and gully to bring it up, off 195 balls. He's on 90 now with Wade reaching 47. "He just doesn't makes mistakes, that's his signature," Kerry O'Keeffe says of Hussey. "He just doesn't make errors and that's why he makes so many runs."

3:33pm: There's the 400 up for Australia. The lights are on at Bellerive too.

3:22pm: Four. Nice drive down the ground from Hussey, it just evades Wade and the veteran moves into the 80s.

3:18pm: Wade being very patient at the moment. Kerry O'Keeffe says Herath would fancy trapping him in front with a change of pace.

3:12pm: Australia 3 for 378 after that Herath over with Hussey into the 70s. Wade's on 39.

3:00pm: We're back underway finally with Kulasekara bowling to Hussey. The Aussies take five off the over, including a Wade boundary through cover, to move to 5 for 369.

2:45pm: We asked on our Facebook page earlier whether Phil Hughes should stay at 3 or move up to opener. Here's some of your responses:

David Peterson 3

Peter Kehoe Back to opener, Drop Cowan.

Stewart Dorman He did alright as an opener yesterday. Why not and get another #3. Cowan' too slow and prone to getting out for my liking.

Simon Joshua Fleming Keep him at three for now. He batted well there yesterday and it would be stupid to change now.

Douglas S. Thompson 3

Don Dimou Cowen out Hughes opens with Warner & Kawaja at 3, Clarke 4 Watson 5 Hussey 6

Mick O'Donoghue There seems to be a bat off for the opening spots. Hughes will surely open if Cowan falters, with Khawaja just waiting to get in at 3.

Steven Crocker Whats this thing with kawaja proved again last night how bad he is against a decent bowling attack

Peter Kehoe That is T20 Steven. No wonder we're up the creek without a paddle if T20 is a guide to pick a Test team. That would like picking a Wallabies tem based on Sevens form.

Grahame Haid Leave Hughes at three and put Watson back to open . Watson and Warner together wow

Joshua Stewart Get rid of cowan, hughes to open and kwaja to take number 3, stick with them for awhile instead of changing the team every test.

2:40pm: Peter Newlinds is speaking with fourth umpire Simon Fry. He says play should resume at 3:00pm with tea at 4:40pm. The last session will be 5:00pm-6:30pm.

2:35pm: The covers are off at Bellerive and the pitch inspection is happening. We'll have the verdict as soon as it comes to hand.

2:12pm: Peter Newlinds is speaking with Australian coach Mickey Arthur, who confirmed a 2.30pm pitch inspection with a prospect of play at 3:00pm. He says he's been pleased with how his team has responded to both the defeat to South Africa in Perth and the loss of Ricky Ponting:

I was really happy to see how the guys have stood up, very happy with the amount of partnerships we've got going. It's tougher to bat on than it looks. First innings runs are massively important, we feel the wicket is going to become harder to bat on. It does become a little uneven towards the back end of the game and hopefully we have the runs on the board to exploit that.

2:02pm:

@PeterNewlinds Not looking good to the south east. Inspection at 2.30. #bellerivetest pic.twitter.com/jFSBiIX8

1:51pm:

@jimmaxcricket Serious rain. Rope drying futile, but now the sun peeks through. Super sopper cranks up on large pool off the square

1:50pm:

@PeterNewlinds Thought we might have seen all the rain for today. Afraid not. #lunchscene #bellerivetest pic.twitter.com/nTtj3Xh8

1:39pm: It's not good news from Bellerive Oval - it's raining and the covers are back on. "Prospects look a little dim for at least half and hour to an hour," Kerry O'Keeffe says.

1:30pm: Grandstand's Peter Walsh has caught up with Ricky Ponting during the lunch break - listen below:

First Test: Lunch, day twoFirst session highlights:

Australia 5-364 (114 overs)

Sri Lanka

P. Hughes 86

M. Clarke 74

M. Hussey 66*

C. Welegedara 3-126 (25 overs)

T. Dilshan 0-11 (4 overs)

A. Mathews 0-41 (15 overs)

1:00pm: That's lunch with Australia reaching 5 for 364. Hussey 66 and Wade 31. The home side added 65 runs in a session which was shortened to an hour and 40 minutes because of rain.

12:42pm: Dropped. And Wade gets four runs to rub salt into Sri Lanka's wounds. It rockets past the substitute fieldsman Suraj Randiv at mid-wicket, who gets a touch to it but cannot prevent the boundary. Australia 5 for 353 at the end of that Welegedara over.

12:33pm: No dice. It was pitching outside the line. "We were nearly eating our words about Welegedara," Lawson admits. "He just needs to be more consistent, especially at his pace - he's under 130 (kph) most of the time."

12:31pm: Geoff Lawson and Drew Morphett are questioning why Mahela Jayawardene is keeping Welegedara on. "He's leaking too many runs." Next delivery he goes up for lbw on Wade. Tony Hill's not interested but Mahela Jayawardene asks for the first appeal of this Test match.

12:26pm: Hussey pulls for four. "That was a tremendous stroke. Welegedara doesn't have the pace to bowl that length," Geoff Lawson says. "He's (Hussey) still got it - the reactions are there, the timing's there. There's no sign of a decline." Australia 5 for 344 with Hussey 61 and Wade 16.

12:18pm: 50 for Mike Hussey. 114 balls, just two fours. Got to the milestone with his 29th single.

50 for Huusey

2 x 4s 0 x 6s

114 balls

SR: 43.86

12:15pm: That's drinks with Australia reaching 5 for 326. I'll take the chance to inform you of some breaking news in the world of sport - Australia's Joel Parkinson has just been crowned the men's surfing world champion for 2012. He claimed the title when 11-times world champion Kelly Slater bowed out in the semi-finals of the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii. It's a maiden world title and a long time coming for Parko.

12:06pm: Great piece of fielding there from Nuwan Kulasekara - big dive in front of the boundary rope to stop a certain four off the blade of Hussey. The Western Australian veteran is five runs away from yet another Test half-century.

11:59am: Angelo Mathews replaces Kulasekara. Australia 5 for 317.

11:54am: In case we needed any further evidence of Michael Clarke's purple patch:

@RicFinlay MClarke averaging 71.6 since he turned 30, 3rd for Aus behind Bradman 105.7 and GYallop 72.8 #AusvSL

11:45am: Australia has moved to 5 for 310 after six overs today. Mike Hussey is on 39 and Matt Wade 5.

@PeterNewlinds Matt Wade batting in a test match for the first time on a ground where he made a century in a 1st grade grade final aged 14. #localboy

11:36pm: Matthew Wade gets off the mark with three from the bowling of Kulasekara.

11:29pm: Stark reading for Australia's top order:

@RicFinlay Yesterday (183) was only the 2nd time in 16 attempts in 2012 where Australia made it to 150 before losing its 3rd wicket #AusvSL

Wicket

11:28pm: Out! No century for Michael Clarke today - he's edged Shaminda Eranga to Kumar Sangakkara at first slip in the third over for the day and is gone for 74. Ends a 106-run partnership with Hussey.

Michael Clarke

c Sangakkara b Eranga 74

5-304 (Hussey 38*)

11:24am: It's Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl the second over of the day from the River End. Today's session times are now 11.20am-1.00pm, 1.40pm-3.50pm and 4.10pm-6.20pm.

11:23am: We've had the first over of the day with Australia moving to 4 for 303. Clarke on 73 and Hussey 38. Check out our live scorecard here.

11:20am: Good news - play is getting underway now. 10 minutes earlier than anticipated. It's Shaminda Eranga bowling to Mike Hussey.

11:10am: Peter Newlinds is catching up with Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who says the tourists weren't too disparaged after Australia reached 4 for 299 at stumps:

It (day one) was pretty good, it's never over, we've got four more days to go. If we can get a couple of early breakthroughs today we can push them back.

He says the 101-run partnership between Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey needs to be broken up early today:

They've been playing really good cricket throughout the summer and they're the batsmen in form so it'd be good to get them out early.

10:57am: Good news from Bellerive:

@PeterNewlinds Covers coming up. #bellerivetest pic.twitter.com/BfJGeKFT

10:56am: Jim Maxwell and Geoff Lawson are having a chat about the make-up of Australia's bowling attack for this one - Henry reckons Mitchell Starc deserves to be there ahead of Mitchell Johnson:

I would have certainly gone for Starc before Johnson - Starc was a little more consistent in Perth.

10:52am: Play has been delayed by a further 30 minutes - we're now scheduled for an 11:30am start. Peter Newlinds has grabbed the fourth umpire Simon Fry for a quick chat:

We're hopeful there'll be no more rain but it is a bit finicky around here at times so we'll just have to wait and see. The groundsman have told us it's about 20 minutes away (until the covers come off).

10:41am: A weather update from our guest commentator Roshan Abeysinghe:

@RoshanCricket I cant believe it! Its got dark at Hobart. Few covers on the Pitch at Bellerive. what a contrast to d 100's of covers in SL which covers it

10:24am: We've just posted the full interviews with Michael Clarke and David Warner.

10:18am: Play will begin 30 minutes late at 11:00am.

10:17am: Peter has just tweeted a snap from the middle:

@PeterNewlinds Damp but improving. The centre. Pleasant temperature. #bellerivetest pic.twitter.com/w5Lsth2c

10:14am: Peter also spoke earlier with opener David Warner, who was run out for the first time in his Test career following a mix-up with Phil Hughes yesterday:

It was just a batsman error, I called yes then no. It was a bit unfortunate between us, just a bit of a mix-up. It's frustrating but at the end of the day that's cricket. To get a start like that and to get through the first hour and almost to lunch, it does gut you in a way.

10:10am: Peter Newlinds has grabbed Michael Clarke for a quick chat out in the middle. He says he has received "a lot of treatment" on his knee overnight and it's still "a little bit sore" after he copped a blow there yesterday. He says Australia is looking to pile plenty more runs on top of its 4 for 299:

I haven't seen the wicket, it's still under covers but yesterday it played a little bit up and down as the day went on, so runs in the first innings are going to be crucial. I think day four and five, this wicket's going to be tough to bat on.

10:09am: "I can see blue sky and the chance of getting underway close to time. Perhaps a little bit of a delay. But the situation is looking a lot more encouraging than it did an hour or so ago," Jim reports.

10:04am: Oh, hold on...

@jimmaxcricket Sun shining again. Tassie rope trick drying the outfield. Covers coming off. Stay tuned to grandstand

9:58am: Not good news from Hobart - it's raining and there will be a delayed start to today's play. Doh.

9:45am: Grandstand's Jim Maxwell spoke to Francis Leach and the team on Grandstand Breakfast this morning to give his take on day one:

9:40am: Yesterday saw Australia climb its way into a strong position thanks to an encouraging 86 from the returning Phil Hughes. The New South Welshman has had plenty of critics in the past, but he's gone a long way - first domestically and now on his Test return - to silencing a few of them.

Read the story: Hughes happy with form on return

Hughes had a few words to share with Grandstand's Peter Newlinds.

It was nice to get runs, disappointed to get out then (for 86), it would have been nice to go on and get three figures but it wasn't to be. I feel like I'm totally a better player now, away from the team for 12 months, I had to do work away from the scenes but I feel my game's in pretty good order and I just want to push in and cement this number three spot.

9:35am: For those who were locked in a cupboard all day yesterday, here's a wrap of all that unfolded on day one.

9:30am: Good morning and welcome back to our coverage of the first Australia-Sri Lanka Test in Hobart. Joel Zander here to bring you all this cricketing Saturday can throw at us. Weather wise, it's looking a little gloomy in the Tasmanian capital and the BOM tells us there will be some isolated showers around noon. Hopefully that doesn't lead to any lengthy interruptions.

Jim Maxwell keeps us up to date via Twitter:

@jimmaxcricket Damp but improving at boot park. Might get going earlier than predicted. Covers still down but it's not raining