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Chairman's XI hope to grind Lankans down

21:34 Thu Dec 6 2012
AAP

After blasting a terrific unbeaten 172 to turn the opening day of Sri Lanka's Australian tour into a nightmare, Chairman's XI opener Scott Henry uttered words Michael Clarke would love to hear: "Hopefully we can send them to the Aussies with their tail between their legs".

Henry, along with Glenn Maxwell (91), had Sri Lanka's toothless attack spending most of Thursday chasing balls to the boundary in the hot sun as the hosts reached 4-390 at stumps on the opening day of their three-day tour match.

At times, it looked like their single aim was to further demoralise the hapless attack - and Henry confirmed that had been their goal before Sri Lanka's three-Test series against Australia, which starts in Bellerive on Friday week.

"I think they'll do the same to us. There's no friends out there," he said.

"Hopefully we can send them to the Aussies with their tail between their legs. That would be great."

He had a fair bit of help from the explosive Maxwell innings, in which the Victorian allrounder threatened to "do a Dougie" - emulating champion Australian batsman Doug Walters' feat of scoring 100 in a session.

Maxwell ended up falling just short, but not before he smashed 91 off 77 balls, smacking 11 fours and two enormous sixes in his 125-run stand with Henry.

"The guy's got good potential but we had a 50/50 chance of getting him out," Sri Lankan bowler Shaminda Eranga said through a translator.

With star spinner Rangana Herath, No.1 pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara and vice-captain Angelo Mathews rested, Sri Lanka's bowlers faced a tough initiation on Australian soil.

Only fast bowler Eranga was spared from the carnage, finishing with 1-22 off 13 overs, but ended the day with a bruised right hand, which was injured when he used it to break his fall on the last delivery of his first over.

Eranga, who bowled 12 overs after the fall, said he was confident there was no serious damage and would bowl on Friday and Saturday if required.

The 26-year-old said the day had been a learning experience for the visitors so it hadn't been a total disappointment.

"It's our first outing so it's a difference from playing at home," he said.

"It's a long day, but it's a learning curve for us (but) I wouldn't say we're over the moon."

Henry offered only one chance - a difficult one on the boundary which slipped through the fielder's fingers, and tumbled over the rope for one of his 22 fours.

The brilliant batting from Henry and Maxwell masked the twin disappointments of Usman Khawaja (56) and Alex Doolan (6).

Not only did the pair miss out on selection for Australia's 12-man Bellerive squad, they also threw away golden opportunities to remind selectors of their talents.

Khawaja had a century beckoning and looked in tremendous touch before he found Mahela Jayawardene at short mid-wicket while trying to whip Chanaka Welagedara (1-72) through the leg side.

Doolan managed just six runs before becoming offspinner Suraj Randiv's only victim of the day.

Sri Lanka's No.2 spinner had a day to forget, with Khawaja and Maxwell both taking the long handle to the 27-year-old who finished with figures of 1-121.