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Warne wraps it up

The Australian bowlers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath deepened the gloom surrounding Sri Lanka's cricketers after sending the tourists crashing to a 10-wicket defeat in the Second Test yesterday. Warne and McGrath, the man of the match, took two wickets each to wrap up Sri Lanka's second innings at 307, a lead of just 40 runs, on the fifth and final day at the Melbourne Ground. The Australian openers Michael Slater and Mark Taylor, the captain, comfortably steered their side to 41 without loss from 7.4 overs to end the game 18 minutes before the scheduled lunch break. "We go into Test matches not thinking we can lose games," Taylor said afterwards. "We are thinking very positively and we are also playing very good, exciting and aggressive cricket." The Sri Lankan captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, who later underwent an X-ray on a suspected broken bone in his right hand, said his side had been distracted since arriving in Australia. "It is hard to perform at our best with all this going on. Ever since our arrival, we've had to think of other things besides cricket." Sri Lanka, who are fighting to save the Test career of spinner Muttiah Muralitharan after umpire Darrell Hair ruled his bowling action illegal during the Test, trail 2-0 in the three-Test series.