Sangakkara passes 10,000 test runs

Kumar Sangakkara has become only the 11th batsman and the second Sri Lankan to score 10,000 Test runs, passing the milestone on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG.

Sangakkara, 35, stood tall in a poor opening session for the tourists, getting the 40 runs he needed to reach the five-figure milestone just before lunch.

The 35-year-old reached 43 with a glorious cover drive for four from the bowling of Mitchell Johnson.

He averages more than 55 in a career spanning 115 Tests.

Sangakkara took a particular liking to the bowling of Johnson on Wednesday, taking 15 runs from one over from the left-armer.

He reached 10,000 Tests runs in 195 innings, equalling the record previously shared by Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar.

The only other Sri Lankan to have made more than 10,000 Test runs, current skipper Mahela Jayawardene, was dismissed for three on Wednesday.

Tendulkar tops the Test runscorers list with 15,645. (AAP)