Sri Lanka's Karunaratne in no danger after being hit by Cummins bouncer
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 06, 2019,
Feb 06, 2019, 8:44
But at least they broke a century drought stretching back to October in Canberra, with Joe Burns, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson and Usman Khawaja all cashing in.
After Australia, on course for a first series win since beating England early previous year, set the tourists an improbable 516 for victory openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne survived some nervy moments to take Sri Lanka to 17 before bad light ended the third day's play early.
Karunaratne crumpled to the ground after ducking into a Pat Cummins bouncer which rocketed into the back of his helmet after tea on the second day Saturday.
A subsequent tweet from Cricket Australia revealed Karunaratne had "complained of pain in [his] neck and tingling to his hands", but Hathurusingha was upbeat over the 30-year-old's condition.
"He's in the hospital at the moment and in good spirits. There's probably anywhere between 16 and 25 players we think are now in the mix, which is a really good place to be", he added.
"Throughout he was talking to the umpires and the physio". "He's been assessed and no danger at the moment".
Australia completed their Ashes preparations by crushing Sri Lanka by 366 runs to secure a 2-0 series win in their final Test before this summer's tour to England.
Karunaratne's departure seemed to derail Sri Lanka's innings.
After a tough series against India, Australia have bounced back in a resounding manner against Sri Lanka and this has infused a sense of confidence in the camp.
Their resistance folded in the second over after lunch, with Mitchell Starc taking five wickets to leave them trailing by 319 after Australia's first innings 534 for five declared.
Lyon snared a well-set Lahiru Thirimanne for 41 while Cummins castled Kusal Mendis with a superb delivery for 6.
Cummins finished with 3-15 and was adjudged player of the series for his haul of 14 wickets from the two tests.
Patterson said the home side's attack was showing its class. "Sitting here now, I think we've gone a long way to doing that", he said.
The home side had struggled with the bat recently but have three centurions in Canberra already.
Earlier, Starc, who got the wicket of Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on day two, bowled with pace and aggression to pick up the first two to fall on Sunday, then returned after lunch to polish off the tail and finish with figures of 5-54.
Burns added only eight runs to his overnight score before chopping onto his stumps off a delivery from Sri Lankan quick Kasun Rajitha.