Aussies sink to six-year low in 'embarrassing' scenes in second Test
Australia have slumped to their first innings loss since 2016 after a shocking collapse in the second Test against Sri Lanka.
Tasked with batting for a day-and-a-half to win the series, Australia were spun out in just 41 overs for 151 on Monday.
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It came at the end of a horror day for Australia, who conceded a 190-run first innings lead when Dinesh Chandimal smashed his way to 206 not out to help Sri Lanka amass 554.
The tourists were then bundled out for just 151, crashing to an innings and 39-run defeat to leave the two-Test series drawn at 1-1.
The Aussies again had trouble against left-arm spin, with Prabath Jayasuriya claiming 6-59 on Monday to become the fifth bowler in history to take 12 wickets on debut.
There were two separate collapses of 4-25 and 3-5, including the dismissals of Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith in the space of four balls to Jayasuriya.
"It might be a reality check that it's tough playing away from home, in different conditions to what we've grown up playing in," captain Pat Cummins said.
"We turned up knowing it's a tough place to win.
"In the last two tours we've learned a heap, we've come a long way in how we've played."
The loss marked Australia's first innings defeat against Sri Lanka ever, and their first since 2016 when they were humiliated by South Africa in Hobart.
First Australian Test loss by an innings since Hobart in 2016 when they were embarrassed by South Africa #SLvAUS
— Andrew McCormack (@_AMcCormack7) July 11, 2022
This was Sri Lanka’s first ever innings win over Australia in test cricket.
The last time Australia lost by an innings was back in 2016 against SA.
Not bad for a young team which had 3 debutants.
Well played Sri Lanka. #SLvAUS
— Naveen Peiris (@_Naviya_) July 11, 2022
Cricket world stunned by 'embarrassing' Aussie collapse
Travis Head was caught on the crease as a delivery spun past his bat and took the top of off stump for the second time in this Test, with the left-hander's scores on the tour reading just six, 12 and five.
With a career average of 21.3 in Asia, it's questionable if he can be taken on next year's tour of India or if Glenn Maxwell is a better option.
David Warner is also emerging as a point of concern after he was the first to fall lbw for 24, with his last international century way back in January of 2020.
Marnus Labuschagne (32) offered the best resistance after his first-innings century, while Cameron Green (23) and Alex Carey (16 not out) also soaked up some time.
But ultimately it was nowhere near enough, with Australia ruing the inability to post a score of 400 in their first innings when they lost 5-35 late and left Smith stranded at the other end.
"Some batters went out with a really clear plan and you just get a ball with your name on it earlier than you would've liked," Cummins said.
"There were so many positives out of last week that we did find methods that work, and one small hiccup doesn't mean you have to change everything."
The result means Australia finish tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka with two wins, two draws and one loss, but still knowing they must improve before next February's four Tests in India.
The cricket world was left gobsmacked by Australia's collapse, which came after Sri Lanka had three players ruled out with Covid-19.
Absolutely shocking 60 mins of play that.
Proper reality check. Alarming signs. #SLvAUS #Cricket
— Vignesh Bharadwaj (@VBharadwaj31) July 11, 2022
Holy shit, that's a horrific collapse by Australia! #SLvAUS
— Blake (@blakusdk) July 11, 2022
Oh no. Seven down now. Starc gone for a duck. Ripping catch in the slips too. What on earth did we decide we’d do when we stepped out of the dressing rooms? #SLvAUS
— Davis Harrigan (Digi) 🦁 (@DeadlineDavis) July 11, 2022
Prabath Jayasuriya, take a bow!! 12 wickets on debut!!
Team Australia, embarrassing!! 10 wickets lost for 151 in less than a session!!
A loss of an inning and 39 runs..this Aussie team at times seems to be a TROLL!!#SLvAUS #Cricket #Apoz
— BeyondThePosts (@BeyondThePosts_) July 11, 2022
This is an embarrassing capitulation by Australia #SLvAUS
— Rob Smith (@rcssmedasmith) July 11, 2022
Not embarrassing or anything #SLvAUS pic.twitter.com/kcuFhiCGXM
— Tina (@Tiinaaa97) July 11, 2022
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