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Snapshot of day three of the second Test

A snapshot for day three of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at Canberra's Manuka Oval.

Snapshot of day three of the second Test

A snapshot for day three of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at Canberra's Manuka Oval.

Former Australian crickter and commentator SHANE WARNE talks during the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia.
Former Australian crickter and commentator SHANE WARNE talks during the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

AUSTRALIA v SRI LANKA DAY 2

Score: Australia 5(dec)-534 and 3(dec)-196, Sri Lanka 215 and 0-17


Men of the moment: Long-term Mitchell Starc critic Shane Warne said playing the quick in Canberra would be a "waste". But Starc silenced his doubters by capturing his first five-wicket haul since March. Usman Khwaja had also been under pressure, but the No.3 came out and blitzed the tiring Sri Lankan attack with his eighth Test century.

Key moment: Starc completing a five-wicket haul is sure to throw a scare through the England camp who may have written the speedster off after a lacklustre summer.

Stat of the day: In his sixth Test against Sri Lanka, Usman Khawaja's highest score before smashing an unbeaten 101 in the second innings was 26.

Summary: Sri Lanka's early resistance in their first innings didn't last and they lost their last six wickets for 95 runs. Australian captain Tim Paine decided against enforcing the follow-on, giving his batsmen some much-needed time in the middle and the bowlers are a chance to escape the heat. Australia's top-order again struggled, stumbling to 3-37, but Khawaja held firm.

Quote of the day: "I really wish you could get some runs here. I don't want you to feel bad after the series watching your team play on TV." - Sri Lankan Niroshan Dickwella wicketkeeper to an under-fire Khawaja.

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