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Cricket News - by Craig Hill

Australia wraps up series win against Sri Lanka

November 20th 2007 11:35
Australia wins Warne-Muralitharan Trophy
Ricky Ponting and co. with the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy. Getty Images.

The Australian cricket team recorded their 14th consecutive win thus clinching a 2-0 series victory against Sri Lanka in Hobart today.

Australia are now just two off the all-time record of 16 consecutive test wins set between October 1999 and February 2001 by Steve Waugh's 'invincibles'.

Despite being set a world record run chase of 507 by Australia captain Ricky Ponting, the Sri Lankans dug deep and gave the home side a scare through Kumar Sangakkara's brilliant 192 before cruelly being given out by umpire Rudi Koertzen who incorrectly judged him caught at slip.

TV replays showed the ball hit Sangakkara's shoulder before cannoning onto his helmet and ballooning to slip and the umpire subsequently apologised.

In the end, the tourists fell 96 runs short of a miracle victory as new pace leader Brett Lee took 4-87 to send Sri Lanka all out for 410.

Lee, who has been in inspirational form throughout the series after taking 16 wickets at just 17.56 to win the man-of-the-series award, made the early breakthrough on Day 5 when Sanath Jayasuriya edged a delivery with the toe of the bat to be caught by Adam Gilchrist for 45.

Soon after, the tourists began to crumble under the onslaught of the Australian pace attack with both Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Clark taking two wickets apiece and the disappointing Stuart MacGill taking the the wicket of Michael Vandort.

The next team to take on the mighty Australians are India in December.

Match Results:

Australia won by 96 runs.

1st Innings: Australia 5/542 | Sri Lanka 246
2nd Innings: Australia 2/210 | Sri Lanka 410


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