Blink and you’ll miss it: Australia crush Sri Lanka in 154 overs

Australia have destroyed Sri Lanka in conditions made to order for the hosts, as Travis Head delivered a magical cameo to finish off the work of Nathan Lyon and Mitch Swepson.

After gaining a first innings lead of 109, Pat Cummins’ team spun out Sri Lanka for 113 in just 22.5 overs – the island nation’s shortest completed Test innings in terms of overs.

Travis Head celebrates with teammates after snaring a rare Test wicket.Credit:Getty

David Warner and Usman Khawaja knocked off the winning runs in just four balls, meaning the 10-wicket victory had been completed in fewer than 154 overs – comfortably clear of two full days’ play.

It’s Australia’s most rapid Test win in terms of overs since needing just 148.5 to beat Pakistan in Sharjah in 2002.

So dominant were Lyon (9-121 in the match), Swepson (5-89) and Head (4-10 in just 2.5 overs) that Cummins did not bowl a single ball, that first time that has happened in his 42 Test matches.

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