David Warner and Phil Hughes missed out on centuries before veteran Mike Hussey came out to bat in his farewell Test for Australia in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney on Friday.

Free—scoring Warner was furious after falling short of his fourth Test hundred when he charged spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan and was well caught over his shoulder by Dhammika Prasad, back—pedalling at long—on, for 85.

Hughes followed Warner back to the pavilion seven overs later when he was caught behind attempting to cut left—arm spinner Rangana Herath for 87.

Hussey was given a guard of honour to the crease by the Sri Lankan players amid a huge roar from the SCG crowd in his 79th and final Test after announcing his retirement from international cricket.

At tea, Australia was 241 for three in reply to Sri Lanka’s 294 with Hussey on 18 and skipper Michael Clarke not out 42.

The aggressive Warner’s 85 came off just 84 balls in 150 minutes.

Scorecard at tea : Sri Lanka 1st Innings 294 Australia 1st Innings D. Warner c Prasad b Dilshan 85 E. Cowan run out (Pradeep) 4 P. Hughes c Chandimal b Herath 87 M. Clarke not out 42 M. Hussey not out 18 Extras (w5) 5 Total (3 wkts; 55 overs) 241 Fall of wickets: 1—36, 2—166, 3—195.

Bowling: Lakmal 13—2—51—0, Pradeep 9—0—53—0, Prasad 7—0—42—0, Mathews 2—0—11—0, Dilshan 10—1—36—1, Herath 14—1—48—1.

(This article was published on January 4, 2013)
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