A century from opener Phil Hughes has all but guaranteed Australia will avoid defeat in the final Test against Sri Lanka in Columbo.

The tourists held a handy lead as the final day began, aided by Hughes’ first ton in two-and-a-half years.

Brock Taylor reports.


Phil Hughes’ century was as well timed as one of his signature late cuts.

The New South Welshman was facing increasing pressure to hold his position in the side after a run of outs.

Hughes had only scored one half-century in his previous nineteen innings.

He also hadn’t made a Test century since his second Test in South Africa in 2009.

The 22-year-old left hander’s ton took Australia’s lead in the test to 52 runs at the beginning of day five, needing only a draw to win the series.

And in Wellington, injuries are hampering Australia’s preparation for their next World Cup Rugby match against the USA.

Flanker David Pocock only managed some light run-throughs as he continues to battle the back discomfort that sidelined him from his side’s 15-6 loss to Ireland.

Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau says the Wallabies understood the do or die predicament they faced to win the trophy.

Tatafu Polota-Nau, Wallabies Hooker: “This is the Rugby World Cup, you only get one chance at it, so from now on I think it’s all or nothing.”

Despite a rough inaugural season with the Gold Coast Suns, Gary Ablett has been rewarded for his continued on field brilliance by being named captain of the All Australian side in Melbourne last night.

It was the fifth time Ablett had been selected and confirmed his place as one of the best players in the game.

Gary Ablett, All Australian Captain: “It wasn’t expected but it’s something that’s pretty special.”

Minor Premier’s Collingwood had six players selected in the honorary team.

And finally in tennis, Lleyton Hewitt has scoffed at suggestions he is about to retire, declaring he intends to pay on indefinitely. The former World Number One and Wimbledon Champion said he was 50/50 about returning from a foot injury in 2011, but would be back at the start of next year.

Brock Taylor, QUT News.