Mitchell Starc continued to fire up under his belly when he clean bowled Dimuth Karunaratne on eight.
It’s a good length that went straighter and faster in the middle which is a great way to make him play under pressure.
D. Karunaratne couldn’t get the straight drive going having hesitated without the focus of his eyes.
And when he swung and missed, Karunaratne couldn’t believe it when the ball entered through the gate.
Starc soon picked up his 2nd wicket of the day off Dinesh Chandimal for four.
It’s a decent length ball pitching up full and straight as Chandimal seemed to back away.
That’s the problem when he handled the spicy ball having let his head fall sideways & make his bat edge towards Marnus Labuschagne at third slip.
Not long Sri Lanka reached 50, Pat Cummins soon got rid of Lahiru Thirimanne on 30.
Cummins made the short ball click having pitched in straight and fast to make Thirimanne play a loose shot.
And that’s what Thirimanne struggled in the end when he didn’t move his feet as well as shutting his eye focus as Cummins takes that catch.
Niroshan Dickwella may have batted up at four this time in a change of strategy for Sri Lanka.
Despite quickly scoring up to 27, Mitchell Starc clean bowled him when Dickwella didn’t move his feet.
Instead, Dickwella jumped around and followed the same mistake as others when the ball entered through the stumps.
Starc soon got his fourth wicket of this innings having captured Kusal Perera on a first ball, duck.
This ball went full and straight before K. Perera falsely driven without controlling the crease towards Tim Paine’s gloves.
Lunch Day 4: Sri Lanka 5-86 & Trails by 429 Runs.
Sri Lanka didn’t have much luck when it comes to the short and full balls.
They should’ve at least use the crease to help whack off shots anywhere downtown.
Unfortunately, they either didn’t move at all or jumped around when trying to hit under pressure at high speed.
The head position has to be important for any batsman to maintain their wicket as Sri Lanka still has a big job ahead.
On the other hand, Australia has done well with the ball.
Starc and Cummins made the kookaburra click when they’re able to pitch straight and attack the stumps.
It’s how they put Australia on the front foot when the Sri Lankan Top-Order batsmen play shots without the basics and then walk back early.
The variety has worked to help flow the different types of wickets involved from short ball stuff catches to scorching plays into the stumps.
Sri Lanka still needs 430 runs to win while Australia only has to chase five more wickets to wrap up this Test match.
If Australia wins, they leave Canberra with a 2-0 whitewash as well as the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy.