Australia v Sri Lanka: second Test, day three

Marcus Stoinis won’t make his Test debut in Canberra

Usman Khawaja likely saved his spot at first drop with a Canberra century, Smith should return at No.4 and Travis Head is a lock at No.5 with a Test average now above 50. He was forced to retire hurt on 46 but Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha later had good news about his condition.

The visitors lost the opening day-night Test in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs inside three days and followed it up by a 366-run thrashing on day four in Canberra. But the ball did not rise as high as he had expected, and struck him seemingly on the top of the shoulder, before hitting the area where his neck meets his skull.

The 30-year-old remained conscious but was set to receive further assessment after complaining of pain in his neck and tingling in his hands.

"He's in the hospital at the moment and in good spirits". "He's been assessed and no danger at the moment. There's probably anywhere between 16 and 25 players we think are now in the mix, which is a really good place to be".

"It was a bit scary at the start the way he fell back, but he was okay throughout, he was talking to the umpires and the physio", he said after play ended for the day.

Mitchell Starc, who nabbed 15 wickets in five tests during the India series and opener against Sri Lanka, has come in for criticism for some wayward bowling and while he was regularly clocking over 150 kph during his opening spell of four overs the Australia pace spearhead once again lacked direction.

Karunaratne returned to the crease after Perera's departure and completed a gritty half-century before edging Starc to Kurtis Patterson at gully to be out for 59. "I'm happy now that we've got this (Sri Lanka series) out of the way and I can put everything into it because every Australian cricketer can't wait to go and play an Ashes series, particularly in England".

Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Monday insisted his battered team can lift their game and be competitive on the upcoming tour to South Africa despite being outplayed over two Tests by Australia.

Patterson said the home side's attack was showing its class.

Opener Karunaratne was cleared to return to the crease, less than 24 hours after being felled by a Pat Cummins delivery. "Sitting here now, I think we've gone a long way to doing that", he said. Starc was not quite as quick on day four as he had been in the first innings, but having alread roughed up a number of Sri Lanka batsmen in this Test, he was no less fearsome.

The paceman got a fast delivery to cut back into Karunaratne, who failed to add to his overnight score of eight, and breached his defence clipping the leg bail.

Patterson and Paine then continued to plunder runs at will with an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 130.

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