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Sangakkara scores 10,000th run in Test cricket

cricket Updated: Dec 26, 2012 14:05 IST

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Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara scored his 10,000th Test run and Australia paceman Jackson Bird secured his first wicket in his maiden Test as Australia took three first-session wickets on Wednesday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

After winning the toss, Sri Lanka was 79-3 at lunch on the first day of the second test, with Sangakkara not out 43 and Thilan Samaraweera unbeaten on 10.

Sangakkara's cover-drive boundary just before lunch made him only the 11th batsman and the second Sri Lankan to score 10,000 test runs.

He averages more than 55 runs in a career spanning 115 tests. He reached the 10,000 mark in 195 innings, equaling the record previously shared by Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar tops the test run scorers list with 15,645.

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

Bird struck in the fourth over of the match when Dimuth Karunaratne lunged forward and was caught behind for five.

Left-armer Mitchell Johnson shared the new ball with Bird and Johnson leaped high in the air after bowling Tillakaratne Dilshan for 11 at 19-2.

Peter Siddle took another wicket with the third delivery after drinks as Jayawardene was caught behind for three at 37-3.

Earlier, Australia named skipper Michael Clarke to play despite suffering a hamstring injury in last week's first test in Hobart.

"I'd call myself 100% (fit)," Clarke said during the coin toss. "If I couldn't have turned up today and performed at my best, I wouldn't have been playing."

Sri Lanka swapped medium-pacer Dhammika Prasad for the injured Nuwan Kulasekara in the only change to its starting XI.