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Thirimanne: 102 from 134 balls

Lahiru Thirimanne century routs Australia to level series

Lahiru Thirimanne's unbeaten century helped Sri Lanka to an eight-wicket win over of an injury-hit Australia in Adelaide to level the five-match ODI series at 1-1.

Sri Lanka faces constitutional crisis as president sacks chief justice

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Australia remain in control against Sri Lanka

Report from Day Two of the Third Test

Greig's family and colleagues pay respects in Sydney

Tony Greig's wife and son and former broadcasting colleagues, including Richie Benaud, paid tribute to the South African-born former England captain with a minute's silence before the first day of Australia's Test match against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Australia celebrate the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene

Australia seize control against Sri Lanka

Report from Day One for the Third Test

Michael Clarke

Captain Michael Clarke fit for Australia

Australia captain Michael Clarke came through a fitness test today, indicating he will play in this week's third Test against Sri Lanka and resolve at least one of the hosts' selection problems for the dead-rubber match.

Usman Khawaja in Australia's sights as Michael Hussey retires

With Michael Hussey announcing his intention to quit international cricket just weeks after ex-captain Ricky Ponting retired, Australia could turn to England for a replacement ahead of the Ashes this summer.

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Jackson Bird (centre) celebrates dismissing Mahela Jayawardene yesterday

Michael Clarke hopes Australia's crushing victory over Sri Lanka sends Ashes warning

Australia 460 Sri Lanka 156 & 103 (Australia win by an innings and 201 runs)

Australia celebrate victory over Sri Lanka

Michael Clarke wants Australia to build on victory over Sri Lanka

Australia have taken 2-0 lead in series

Michael Clarke celebrates reaching his century at the MCG yesterday

Michael Clarke eclipses Ricky Ponting's record for runs in a year

Michael Clarke's inspired century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today ticked off another milestone for Australia's high-flying captain but was also a stunning riposte to critics who had suggested he should never have been selected.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke impresses as Australia take total command against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka found wickets hard to come by on day two of their second Test against Australia, with the hosts in complete control at the MCG.

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