Second Test, Cairns, day one (stumps): Australia 370-2 v Sri Lanka
Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden made centuries as Australia piled up 370-2 on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Cairns.
LANGER/HAYDEN 200 STANDS
255 v Sri Lanka, Cairns 2004
242 v West Indies,
224 v New Zealand,
223 v New Zealand,
219 v South Africa,
202 v South Africa,
Marvan Atapattu chose to put the home side in after winning the toss and it was a decision he came to regret as the two openers shared a stand of 255.
They were finally parted when Hayden was caught for 117, but Langer batted through the entire day to reach 159.
He also put on 80 with Damien Martyn, who was 56 not out at the close.
Both sides made one change with skipper Ricky Ponting returning for Australia following a family bereavement and Romesh Kaluwitharana coming in for the tourists in place of Russel Arnold.
Atapattu's decision to bowl first was perhaps understandable, given Sri Lanka's batting frailty during last week's 149-run defeat in the first Test.
But his bowlers were unable to provide the cutting edge needed to back up his decision as Australia collected 48 boundaries and two sixes during the day, with Nuwan Zoysa particularly wayward in a brief new ball spell.
Langer outscored Hayden during the morning session as the two openers saw off the new ball and when he had reached 40 he moved into Australia's top 10 Test run scorers by passing Doug Walters' career total of 5, 358.
Sri Lanka fans endured a disappointing day
His hundred arrived off 149 balls during the afternoon session and Hayden, who twice cleared the rope as he lifted his scoring rate, joined him on three figures shortly before the tea interval which arrived with the total on 223-0.
It was the 19th Test hundred for both men and the sixth time they had shared a double century partnership, two more than any other pair in history.
Atapattu rotated his bowlers in search of a breakthough and it paid off at the start of the 65th over when Hayden was caught by Sanath Jayasuriya, with off-spinner Thilan Samaraweera the successful bowler.
There was an element of luck about the dismissal, however, as Hayden tried to put away a long hop but only succeeded in picking out a diving Jaysuriya at backward square leg.
Seeing Ponting stride to the middle could have done little for their confidence, however, but he only managed a 27-ball cameo before he was caught in the covers off paceman Lasith Malinga.
It proved to be Sri Lanka's final success of the day as Martyn batted with assurance to reach a 58-ball fifty and Langer took his boundary tally to 22 in the final overs of play.
Australia: J Langer, M Hayden, R Ponting (capt), D Martyn, D Lehmann, S Katich, A Gilchrist, S Warne, J Gillespie, M Kasprowicz, G McGrath
Sri Lanka: M Atapattu (capt), S Jayasuriya,
K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, T Samaraweera,
TM Dilshan, R Kaluwitharana (capt), U Chandana, C Vaas, N Zoysa, L Malinga.
Umpires: B Bowden (NZ) & A Dar (Pak)