By Sudipto Ganguly, Reuters
Published: 07:48 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 07:48 GMT, 1 February 2019
Joe Burns and Travis Head smashed big hundreds to end Australia's century drought and put the hosts on course for a massive first innings total despite a wobbly start against Sri Lanka's makeshift attack in the second and final Test on Friday.
Sri Lanka's injury-depleted pace attack flattered to deceive on the opening day of the first ever test at the Manuka Oval as Burns and Head forged a mammoth fourth-wicket stand of 308 to power the hosts to 384 for four at close after being reduced to 28 for three.
Burns, who had scored his last Test hundred against New Zealand in early 2016, was unbeaten on a career-best 172 after bringing up the first century by an Australian batsman since Usman Khawaja's 141 in the drawn Dubai test against Pakistan last October.
Joe Burns reached a career-best 172 not out at stumps on day one of the second Test
He shared a 308-run partnership with Travis Head as Australia reached 384 for four
Head completed his maiden Test ton before he was out on 161, following up on his 84 in the victory in Brisbane last week.
Kurtis Patterson was batting on 25, after being dropped at short leg on the first ball he faced from Dhananjaya de Silva.
On a chilly and overcast morning at the Manuka Oval, Australia