2nd Test Day 2: Australia 440-8 at stumps, lead Sri Lanka by 284

Australia had their feet planted firmly in the driver's seat as they ended Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test at 440/8 in reply to Sri Lanka's modest total of 156.

updated: December 27, 2012 14:47 IST
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Melbourne: Mitchell Johnson hit a confident half century to steady Australia to 440-8 and a 284-run lead over Sri Lanka at stumps on Thursday following a mid-order collapse on the second day of the second Test.

Johnson followed his four wickets on the first day with an enterprising knock of 73 with six boundaries after Sri Lanka claimed three wickets for just four runs before tea.

Michael Clarke earlier brought up his 22nd Test century and first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after becoming Australia's highest-ever run scorer in a calendar year.

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