Twitter Reactions: Joe ‘Burns’ Sri Lanka as the latter’s ‘Head’ache deepens
Burns and Head went on to compile a stand of 308 runs.
Updated - Feb 1, 2019 1:13 pm
After their dominating performance at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia started the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on a happy note as after the close of play on the first day, the hosts are 384 for four in 87 overs courtesy of twin centuries from Joe Burns and Travis Head. The Lankans had their moments to rejoice, but yet again they showed inconsistency.
Lanka start handsomely
The decision to bat first after winning the toss didn’t work out well for the hosts as they lost three wickets for only 28 runs. Left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando nipped out Marcus Harris to strike first blood. In his very next over, the speedster accounted for the wicket of Usman Khawaja, who couldn’t open his account. Marnus Labuschage was dismissed by pacer Chamila Karunaratne.
Thereafter Joe Burns and Travis Head were required to drag their team out of the pits with the Lankans on top. The duo played until Lunch as the hosts went into the break with the score at 103/3 in 26 overs. The duo carried on in their merry way and played out the entire post-lunch session. In the meantime, Burns accomplished his century in 107 balls and Head remained not out on 91.
More agony for Lanka
Following the break, Head also brought up his ton in 155 balls. The Aussies kept piling on the Lankans agony and racked up 164 runs in 33 overs in the final session. Burns and Head went on to compile a stand of 308 runs to put Australia on the driver’s seat. Just when it was perceived that the Aussies won’t lose any more wicket on the day, Fernando trapped Head plumb in front of the stumps.
The left-handed Head ended his knock, having scored 161 runs from 204 balls with the help of 21 boundaries and an over-boundary. Burns, on the other hand, remained not out on 161 runs from 204 balls with 26 boundaries. Kurtis Patterson, playing his second Test, didn’t show signs of nervousness and scored a patient 48-ball 25 to end Australia’s day on a high.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) February 1, 2019
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) February 1, 2019
— Jason Gillespie 🌱🌈 (@dizzy259) February 1, 2019
BREAKING NEWS … An Australian has scored a TEST century … !!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 1, 2019
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) February 1, 2019
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) February 1, 2019
Everyone can breathe again!! #AUSvSL
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) February 1, 2019
Joe burns , Australian opener , in India would be a successful model .
— Thomas Shelby . (@ThisrtyScholarr) February 1, 2019
— Raghav Goel (@Raghav00712) February 1, 2019
Well done to Travis Head and Joe Burns, a tonne at test level stands for itself. Love to see these guys back it up against a fiercer opponent.. #timewilltell
— Jake (@jakeds18) February 1, 2019
Joe Burns in his 16th Test … four centuries (two of them 170+) and four 50s … batting average 42.5 … as I have said for quite a while he is unlucky in the current climate not to have played more Test cricket 🏏 #AUSvSRL
— Glenn Mitchell (@MitchellGlenn) February 1, 2019
That's stumps! Australia have finished with 384-4 Joe Burns unbeaten on 172*
Australia were in all sorts of trouble at 28/3, But then we witnessed a partnership between Burns and Head a massive 308-run partnership , It turned out to be What a day for Australia, #AUSvSL
— Raghava (@Raghava4mahesh) February 1, 2019
Travis Head 1⃣6⃣1⃣
Joe Burns 1⃣7⃣2⃣
— Maha Purush! (@MahaPurushhh) February 1, 2019
Joe Burns trails England by 15 runs at the end of day 1 #ausvsl
— Victor Yong (@BigVic_AFL) February 1, 2019
Dominating 1st Day in Test for Australia after a while.. 384-4!
Joe Burns batting on 172
And Head made 161
Don’t see SL even Draw this Game.#AusvsSL
— Sagar Gala (@sagargala1234) February 1, 2019