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Easy run at the Gabba

Australia coasted to victory winning by an innings and 40 runs after Sri Lanka were forced to follow on after their first innings of 211 which was 340 runs short of Australia's total.

Only the rain that stopped the match twice in the last two days could have made it a draw.

I was keen to see how many wickets Muttiah Muralitharan would take to edge closer to Shane Warne's record of 708 wickets but with Sri Lanka losing by an innings, Muralitharan only managed to get two wickets to get to 702.

He will now need seven more wickets in Hobart if he is to overtake Warne's total on Australian soil. After Hobart, Sri Lanka next Test will be against England at home and I am sure he will be able to break the record then if he doesn't in Hobart.

But it was good to see Phil Jaques get his maiden Test century when he opened the match. Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke were the other Australian batsmen to notch centuries.

A discussion of this Test will not end without talking about Reuters, Agence France-Presse and Associated Press who did not cover the Test due to a dispute with Cricket Australia. I wonder when this dispute will be resolved.

This was Australia's first Test without Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer and lets what happens in the second in Hobart.

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