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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 March, 2004, 16:31 GMT
Lehmann emotional after ton
The late David Hookes and Darren Lehmann
Hookes was a close friend of centurion Lehmann
Australia's Darren Lehmann admitted his century against Sri Lanka in the first Test was an emotional moment following the death of close friend David Hookes.

Former Australia batsman Hookes died on 19 January after an assault outside a Melbourne hotel.

"Your first Test match hundred is always special and that was made in a pressure situation," said Lehmann, who made 129 in his side's 512-8 declared.

"But this one certainly gives me a lot of satisfaction for personal reasons."

"I think about (Hookes' death) everyday still. It comes in your head at certain times but not normally when you are batting.

"When I started to come close to hundred it started to though."

The pitch isn't jumping viciously and providing it stays like that tomorrow, we could be in for a very enthralling day
John Dyson
Sri Lanka coach
Putting on 206 alongside Lehmann, Damien Martyn shared a record partnership for the fourth wicket against Sri Lanka, eclipsing the mark held by Mark Taylor and Allan Border.

Martyn admitted to a sense of relief at reaching his first century for 25 months, stretching back over 16 Tests.

"It wasn't on my mind in the sense that I came into the series focusing on that," Martyn told reporters.

"I just wanted to bat well in this series and take on the responsibility of coming in at number four.

"But when you get a hundred it's a relief as you have to work so hard, especially in these conditions."

Sri Lanka need an improbable 349 on the final day having gone to stumps 3-0, but coach John Dyson said his side would remain positive on the final day.

"In this sort of situation you don't go out thinking, We're going to defend all day," said the former Aussie opener.

"The Australian batsmen made the pitch look very good. They were very positive in their attitude towards their batting. They played straight and pounced on anything loose.

"The pitch isn't jumping viciously and providing it stays like that tomorrow, we could be in for a very enthralling day."

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