2018-19 Domain Tests: Australia v Sri Lanka 1st Test, Second Session Review of Day 2 at The Gabba in Brisbane

by Sports Benches

Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head resumed duties in the middle for Australia after Tea.

Labuschagne first reached his maiden Test 50 on 52* off 97 balls at the Gabba.

He knows how to score runs by remaining patient as well as sticking with the basics such as 1 & 2s.

This approach Labuschagne has used for the entire time helped him perfect the placement using the feet of the crease as well as the open bat face.

As Australia reach the 200 run mark, Travis Head too followed Labuschagne and secured his 50 off 109 deliveries.

It’s the fourth time that Head secured this feat so far in his Test career.

Head knows how to get the job done in staying positive as well as playing off an open bat face to make the Sri Lankan bowlers life difficult.

No matter how he plays with his shots, as long as he uses his feet and keeping the head still, Head isn’t putting a foot wrong.

It took a while for Sri Lanka to search that breakthrough despite no reviews left in this innings.

And Dananjaya De Silva dismissed Marnus Labuschagne on 81 with Australia 5-248.

It’s a good ball from De Silva where he turned in towards the stumps before Labuschagne flicked it too early towards Lahiru Thirrimanne.

Dinner Day 2: Australia 5-249

Australia’s batting has improved this time around.

Like the way, Head and Labuschagne kept their technique simple and played with positivity.

They controlled the stumps nicely to keep their wicket through some shots involved to retain the strike as well as blocking good deliveries.

Only one downside involved this session is that Labuschagne didn’t get to convert his 100.

Yes, the flick shot looked risky, and I know Labuschagne looked frustrated in this one.

But if he did time it as late as he can & keeping the head still, then he would’ve been safe.

Apart from that, Labuschagne has played well and should keep his spot for Australia for a long time.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka’s bowling looked slow at the expense of Head and Labuschagne.

Most of the balls come from too straight and too full which didn’t attack the stumps enough.

Only the part-time spinner from De Silva has got the job done.

De Silva knew how to put the revs on with some turn through the decent length before he made Labuschagne play off the stumps.

That’s how Labuschagne became frustrated at this shot which gave a much-needed wicket for De Silva and Sri Lanka.

The visitors need to bowl more straight across the stumps after Dinner and unleash that pace.

If they can do that, then Sri Lanka will be back in the game.

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