Australia vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2: Head, Labuschagne keep Australia on top in Brisbane

Travis Head 84 Australia Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2 Brisbane cricket

Travis Head struck his fourth half-century in Test cricket

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Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne scored 84 and 81 respectively as Australia kept hold of their advantage over Sri Lanka on the second day in Brisbane.

Starting off the day on 72/2, Australia only added four runs to their overnight score before Marcus Harris was caught by Lahiru Thirimanne at point off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara for 44.

Nathan Lyon, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, only made one run before he was caught by Kusal Mendis at second slip off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal.

Head and Labuschagne stabilised the innings as they forged a 166-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Labuschagne was caught by Thirimanne at short mid-on off the bowling of Dhananjaya de Silva for a career-best 81, which came off 150 balls and included three boundaries.

Head went on to score a career-best 84, which came off 187 deliveries and included 10 boundaries, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Lakmal.

Lakmal struck again the very next ball as Australia captain Tim Paine was caught by Mendis at second slip for a golden duck.

Pat Cummins was the next to go, while debutant Kurtis Patterson scored 30 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Lakmal.

Australia ended up being bowled out for 323, which gave them a 179-run lead, when debutant Jhye Richardson was dismissed by Dilruwan Perera for one run.

Lakmal was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Dilruwan snapped up two, and Kumara, De Silva, Dushmantha Chameera claimed one wicket each.

Trailing by 179 runs, Sri Lanka made a cautious start to their second innings, but on the final ball of the day, they were dealt a major blow as opener Dimuth Karunaratne was caught behind off the bowling of Cummins for three runs.

Cummins was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Sri Lanka ended day two on 17/1 and will continue batting on Saturday at 13:00 local time or 03:00 GMT.

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