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Mike Hussey has today announced that the third Vodafone Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney will be his last Test.

Australia's 393rd Test Cap, Hussey will play his 79th and final Test in Sydney but noted he will play out the remainder of the 2012-13 Australian summer, as well as be available for the WA Warriors and Perth Scorchers. He will review his availability for the Warriors and Scorchers at the end of the 2012-13 season.

CA Chairman Wally Edwards said he had followed Hussey's career with admiration at Wanneroo, Western Australia and, after 10 years of fine state cricket, as an Australian player.

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Australia are on the verge of a comfortable series win, having taken control of the second test against Sri Lanka on the opening day itself by bowling out their visitors for a paltry first innings score of 156 runs. Sri Lanka were knocked over even before the sides went off for tea after which Australia practically erased that total, posting 150 runs by the end of the day. Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the Australian bowlers as he took 4 wickets, with Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, and debutant Jackson Bird also picking up two wickets apiece.

The toss seemed to be the only thing that went in Sri Lanka's favour, with the visitors deciding to bat first. Dimuth Karunaratne and Tillakaratne Dilshan seemed to start off quite comfortably, but Jackson Bird soon struck for Australia with the new ball, making Karunaratne his first victim in international cricket. The Lankan opener caught an outside edge, and was caught behind by Matthew Wade for just 5 runs. Mitchell Johnson struck a few overs later, as he bowled the in-form Dilshan for 11. The batsman caught an inside edge that went on to hit the stumps.

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peter_siddle_2Australia's new Test match pace attack of Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc shared 9 wickets in the Sri Lankan second innings to script an excellent win for the hosts in Hobart in the final session on Day 5. Sri Lanka went into the last day, needing an unlikely 300+ to win, but more realistically needing to prevent 8 wickets from falling to salvage a draw. Heading into the last session at 187-4, there was every chance of Sri Lanka doing so, but Siddle knocked out the heart of the Sri Lankan middle order before Starc polished off the tail to script a 137 run win for Australia. Peter Siddle walked away with the man of the match honours for his 9 wicket haul.

It was a day for resolute defence from the Sri Lankans, who resumed from their overnight score of 65-2 with the hope of batting out the day to avoid going 1-0 down in this series. They had the perfect man at the crease to accomplish the job in the veteran duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

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Australia have set Sri Lanka a massive targer of 393 to win the first test of the series at the Bellerive Oval at Hobart. It would be a Lankan record should the visitors reach the target, and despite the daunting nature of the score, they will take heart from the fact that they made 410 right here at this venue 5 years ago in the fourth innings. The early indications though are that the Lankans would be happy to walk away from Hobart with a draw, and just about survived the one session that the Australians left for them on Day 4, struggling to 65-2 at the close of play.

Resuming from their overnight score of 27-0, the Australian openers stretched their partnership into 3 figures, adding 132 for the first wicket with both Ed Cowan (56) and David Warner (68) posting half-centuries.

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An outstanding innings of 147 from Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan could not prevent Australia from taking a 114 run first innings lead in the first test at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Peter Siddle shared the honours with Dilshan on day 3, taking an excellent 5-fer, running through the lower middle Sri Lankan batting order, which collapsed rather dramatically in the final session of play. Australia had a 14 over spell to survive before the close of play, which they did admirably to end the day 141 runs ahead with all 10 wickets intact.

Sri Lanka came into Day 3 in trouble at 87-4 having lose veteran Thilan Samaraweera on the last ball of play yesterday. Tillakaratne Dilshan was still unbeaten on 50, and Sri Lanka's hopes of saving the follow-on lay on the shoulders of their former skipper.

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Day 4 saw India wasting the first one hour of play to score a pitiful 29 runs before finally declaring at 326/9, trailing England by four runs. England started off well, with both openers doing their best to stay on for as long as possible. Ashwin provided India's first breakthrough, claiming Alastair Cook's wicket. Nick Compton and Kevin Pietersen fell in quick succession and India looked to have a shot at victory. However, Jonathan Trott’s half century seems to have sealed the fate of the game as England ended day 4 at 161/3, with India needing a miracle tomorrow to level the series.

India began the penultimate day of the final test against England trailing their visitors by 33 runs in the first innings with 2 wickets still in the hutch. Pragyan Ojha joined Ravichandran Aswin out in the middle, with the Indian fans hoping they would add some quick runs to the board in the hope of forcing a result from this game.

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The Weather played spoilsport during parts of Day 2 of the first test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. That didn't prevent Mike Hussey from notching up the first century of the series, and also encouraged Australian skipper Michael Clarke to make a premature declaration at 450-5 in an effort to force a result. Clarke's decision paid rich dividends as Sri Lanka slumped to 87-4 at the close of play with the wickets being shared around by the Australian bowlers. Tillakaratne Dilshan will be key for Sri Lanka's hopes of getting anything for this game, ending the day unbeaten on 50.

After a delayed start to proceedings this morning, Sri Lanka made the perfect start to their day with the ball with Shaminda Eranga removing Clarke, caught in the slips for 74. Given the Australian skipper's penchant for scoring big runs this summer it was a huge wicket for the Lankans.

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