Aussies ready for slow grind in Sri Lanka

AustraliaAustralia’s top nine each reached double figures but none went on to score a century in the visitor’s first innings of their tour match against a Sri Lankan XI in Colombo on Tuesday.

And that should serve as a lesson in patience leading into next Tuesday’s first Test in Kandy according to opener Joe Burns.

“That’s the one disappointing thing to come out of the day,” said Burns, who top-scored for the Aussies with 72.

“All our batters got starts and spent some time at the crease but for no one to go on and get a big score.”

Australia have typically struggled with the bat on recent tours of the sub-continent, scoring above 350 just twice in their last 12 innings.

However Burns believes the Australians need to change their naturally attacking approach to turn their fortunes around.

“We’ve talked about as a batting group that we’re going to have to be really patient for long periods on the sub-continent,” he said.

“If they bowl good areas then it’s just tough work, it’s tough to score, it’s slow-going.

“You have to be committed to bat all day.”

Australia went to stumps at 9-431, holding a lead of 202 over the hosts with one day left to play.

Burns, Steve Smith and Stephen O’Keefe each scored half-centuries, however Burns added just eight runs in the opening 45 minutes of day two before being dismissed.

“You’re kind of at the mercy of the ball, the wicket, the fielding situation,” he said.

“When bowlers are bowling straight to straight fields then you hit the fielders a lot. (Courtesy AAP)