• Firstly, how brilliant was the 176 by Kusal Mendis? The first Test hundred by the 21 year-old, and thoroughly deserved too, capitalising on a lull by the Aussies and going deep into triple figures. Incredibly, 55 was the second highest score for the Test by any batsman.
  • After Mendis was dismissed in Sri Lanka’s second innings, why did Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood persist with trying to bounce Sri Lanka’s tailenders out? Considering the Test had a record number of LBW dismissals, full and straight was the order of the day. Instead, an extra 60 runs enlarged the Australian deficit, which was too many anyway.
  • The pitch wasn’t exactly a ‘mine-field’ It had plenty of turn and not much grass, but  Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan (on debut, if you don’t mind) bowled patiently and, Herath in particular, accurately.
  • People will criticise Mitch Marsh’s batting once again, but only Steve Smith and Adam Voges scored more than him in this Test for Australia. His bowling was probably under-utilised in the second innings too, bowling just nine overs. He’s worth persisting with.
  • How do the Aussies improve enough for Galle to get themselves back into the series? Conditions are likely to be similar and Australia might be playing a debutant in Jon Holland. Time for the batsmen to really grit their teeth and make an impact on this Warne-Muralitharan series.

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