Live cricket commentary: Australia v Sri Lanka - day three, Melbourne

Join us for comprehensive live blog coverage of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka from Melbourne. Rohan Connolly is in the commentary chair on day three.


WHAT HAPPENED: Clarke and Watson came out determined to build Australia's lead and did just that in steady if unspectacular fashion, adding nearly 200. Once more, the Aussies then lost a spate of wickets, but the lower order did more than its bit, the seventh and eighth wickets both adding 50-plus, Johnson looking set for another Test ton with a fine and responsible innings. Sri Lanka stuck to its guns despite losing Welegedera early, but again didn't have enough penetration to bust through the batting order, Australia with a lead of 284.

WHAT IT MEANS: Only one result possible now, surely, with three full days left for the home side to dismiss Sri Lanka a second time. The track offers little for the bowlers, but the visitors don't appear to have the requisite patience or discipline to stave off the bowlers. A clear gap in class between these teams is becoming more apparent, Australia in complete control without necessarily playing to its full potential, the question remaining can they produce the goods against the very best opposition.

Good morning everyone, RC here at Blog Central to take you through all the action at the MCG on day three, Australia completely on top with a near-300 lead on the first innings already and looking for more runs this morning. Can Mitch Johnson get his ton, can Sri Lanka find something from the wreckage? Let's find out!

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