Mitchell Starc claimed 10 wickets for the match as Australia outclassed Sri Lanka by 366 runs in the second Test for a 2-0 series victory.

Starc dominated with the ball on Monday, the Australia paceman taking 5-46 and the final wicket to skittle Sri Lanka for 149 and secure a series sweep at Manuka Oval.

The 29-year-old, who finished with 5-54 in the first innings, earned his second Test 10-wicket match haul, having managed 11 against Sri Lanka in August 2016.

It was also Australia's first Test series triumph since the 2017-18 Ashes against England, which they won 4-1.

Sri Lanka pair Dimuth Karunaratne (8) and Lahiru Thirimanne returned to the crease on Monday at 17-0 and needing another 499 runs to win after being set 516 by Australia.

Starc only required seven balls to make his first breakthrough of the morning, an in-swinging delivery bundling over the stumps and sending Karunaratne back to the pavilion.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal (4) was the next to follow four overs later as the tourists were reduced to 28-2 by Starc after the skipper was caught at third slip.

Pat Cummins (3-15) joined in on the action when the Australia paceman claimed a caught-and-bowled to remove Thirimanne for 30.

But it was the Starc show in Canberra, where he almost claimed a hat-trick before lunch after back-to-back wickets of Niroshan Dickwella (27) and Kusal Perera (0), but Dhananjaya de Silva managed to thwart the Aussie quick.

A delivery kept low from Starc and hit Dickwella's off stump before Perera edged through to wicketkeeper and captain Tim Paine as Sri Lanka stumbled to lunch at 87-5.

There was no respite after the break as Jhye Richardson (1-29) celebrated his first scalp of the Test by dismissing Dhananjaya (6), while part-time spinner Marnus Labuschagne (1-6) took the wicket of Kusal Mendis (42).

Cummins removed Chamika Karunaratne (22) the following over and he struck again as Dilruwan Perera (4) said goodbye, before Starc tore through Vishwa Fernando (0) to close out the resounding win.

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera has been cleared of any injuries but will have his fitness for the remainder of the second Test against Australia assessed on Monday.

Kusal made 29 before retiring hurt after copping a fierce Jhye Richardson delivery to the helmet in the first session on day three.

Sri Lanka were skittled all out for 215 and Australia declared on 196-3 to set the tourists a huge target of 516 for victory, with Dinesh Chandimal's side successfully negotiating six overs in Sunday's final session.

Whether Kusal will be able to assist in their attempt to eat into a 499-run deficit on day four is yet to be determined.

A Sri Lanka statement read: "Kusal Janith, who left the field after a ball hit his helmet while he was batting during the first innings, is cleared of any injuries.

"His participation in the rest of the game will depend following an assessment, which will be done tomorrow [Monday] morning."

Usman Khawaja admits off-field problems were affecting his performances after he made an emphatic return to form on day three of Australia's second Test against Sri Lanka.

The top-order batsman made 101 not out in Australia's second innings total of 196-3 declared, with Sri Lanka still trailing by 499 runs at the close of play.

It was Khawaja's first three-figure score since a magnificent 141 against Pakistan last October, with a knee injury before the recent India series hampering his rhythm and he only went beyond fifty once in the four-match contest.

Away from the pitch, Khawaja's brother Arsalan was arrested and charged over allegations he framed a co-worker in a fake terrorism plot.

And Khawaja, who made a duck in the first innings in Canberra, opened up on his struggle.

"Being around, getting lots of starts during the summer was tough, I've had a tough summer, I've had a lot of stuff going on off the field, which has made things a lot tougher," he said.

"It's just been really nice to have my wife Rachel with me for the majority of the tours and she's been awesome, just to have her around and to go and travel with me, she's been my rock throughout the whole thing. 

"It's been tough, it's something you don't expect to happen. My family's very close to me and I'm very close to my family, so at some level I think it made it tougher to go out and concentrate and execute my skills.

"At the same time while I was playing cricket you sort of forget about everything because you're only concentrating on cricket.

"But it was very taxing, it has been very taxing mentally, and that's why Rachel has been great, being around and trying to take my mind off things. [I'm] Feeling a lot better now than I was probably a month or two ago, but it's been a tough couple of months off the field."

Sri Lanka, already trailing 1-0 in the two-Test series, need to bat out two days to salvage a result.

Their cause was not helped by Kusal Perera retiring hurt on 29 in their first-innings total of 215 – in which Mitchell Starc took 5-54 – after being struck on the helmet by a Jhye Richardson bouncer.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who himself had retired hurt after taking a short ball from Starc on the neck on day two, returned having received clearance from Sri Lanka medical staff.

Fast-bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake, who expects Kusal to bat in the fourth innings, said it was strange to see several incidents in one match, with Kusal having already been struck by Richardson and Dhananjaya de Silva taking a ball to the helmet from a Pat Cummins delivery.

"When it hits the head it's certainly a huge concern for us but this match was a lot on the head, wasn't it?" He said. 

"I mean I've seen bowlers hit batsmen on fast tracks also and certainly if there isn't much pace the ducking process becomes different and the inconsistencies of a pitch – I'm not saying this pitch is inconsistent at all – it's just sometimes you tend to duck for a ball that you shouldn't be ducking. 

"And that we saw in Kusal's thing, he ducked into a ball which was not as ferocious as the ball to Karunaratne."

Joe Root implored his England team-mates to take individual responsibility for their abysmal second-Test showing against West Indies.

The Windies claimed the series by moving 2-0 up with just one game to play after a 10-wicket battering of Root's men inside three days on Saturday.

Having made just 187 in the first innings, England collapsed from 35-0 to 132 all out in the second and captain Root acknowledged the experienced players in the team fell significantly short in Antigua.

"Scoring under 200 in both innings isn't going to win you many games of cricket, so we've got to go away, learn from it and come back stronger for it," Root said.

"We just haven't scored enough runs. When experienced players aren't making scores over 50 it makes it very difficult for the rest of the guys around them.

"I think we have got to be better at what we do, or maybe do things slightly differently. The choice comes down to the individual. I can't bat for 11 guys, neither can [head coach] Trevor [Bayliss] or [batting coach] Ramps [Mark Ramprakash].

"There were a couple of disappointing dismissals that guys will have to look at individually, so we go about things maybe slightly differently in future.

"The responsibility is down to the individual, but we will stick together and work on it as a group and try and come back with a really strong response in the next Test."

Bayliss lamented the poor showing with the bat, while praising the Windies' bowling performance, but is confident England can play themselves into form ahead of a home Ashes series with Australia this year.

"It was very poor - the batting followed on from the first game and we just didn't bat very well at all," said Bayliss, who saw England hammered by 381 runs in the first Test.

"It was a difficult wicket to bat on, but we have to find a way and we haven't done that in these two Tests and they did bowl extremely well.

"In Sri Lanka, the bounce of the ball went our way. In this series, it hasn't gone our way, but we have to be better than that.

"There's a lot of cricket to be played between now and the Ashes."

Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja found form as Australia closed in on victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Canberra on Sunday.

Starc (5-54) and Khawaja (101 not out) starred for the hosts, who enjoyed a dominant third day at Manuka Oval.

With the help of Starc, Australia bowled Sri Lanka out for 215 – earning a 319-run first-innings lead – before reaching 196-3 and declaring, setting the tourists 516 for victory.

Bad light saw play stopped as Sri Lanka's openers survived, getting to 17-0 and needing another 499 runs to win.

Sri Lanka resumed at 123-3 and Starc quickly ripped through the lower order to give Australia complete control of the Test.

It was short-pitched bowling that caused the tourists trouble early, with Kusal Perera (29) retiring hurt after being hit in the head by Jhye Richardson (0-49).

Perera was replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne, who had been taken to hospital after being hit by a bouncer on Saturday.

A short delivery led to the departure of Dhananjaya de Silva, who hit his wicket after attempting to pull a ball from Starc on 25.

Dimuth Karunaratne (59) chased a wide one from Starc and was caught by Kurtis Patterson before Nathan Lyon (2-70) removed Chamika Karunaratne for a duck.

The tail fell quickly as Starc grabbed the final two wickets for his 10th Test five-for and first since March 2018.

There were again some top-order worries for Australia, who slumped to 37-3 as Marcus Harris (14), Joe Burns (9) and Marnus Labuschagne (4) departed.

But Khawaja played a fine innings after a slow start and was joined by Travis Head (59 not out) for an unbroken 159-run partnership.

Under some pressure and having dropped a simple catch earlier in the day, Khawaja delivered a much-needed century – his first since October and eighth in Tests.

Tim Paine waited for Khawaja to reach the milestone before declaring, setting Sri Lanka 516 for victory.

Australia were unable to find the breakthrough they wanted in six overs before play was ended early due to bad light with Dimuth Karunaratne (8) and Lahiru Thirimanne (8) unbeaten.

Jason Holder said West Indies were determined to seal a Test series win over England for Alzarri Joseph's mother, who died before play got under way on Saturday. 

Kemar Roach and Jason Holder took four wickets apiece as the magnificent West Indies tore through brittle England yet again to seal a crushing, series-clinching 10-wicket victory on day three in Antigua. 

When Kemar Roach launched into a delivery from James Anderson only to find a tall Ben Stokes at second slip latching onto a flier, the crowd at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium stood and applauded. 

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne has expressed his gratitude for the treatment he received after he was struck on the neck by a Pat Cummins bouncer in the second Test against Australia.

Karunaratne was released from hospital on Saturday, but will under a concussion Test ahead of day three in Canberra.

The opening batsman was floored by a 142kph delivery from Australia quick Cummins and received prolonged medical treatment before being taken off on a stretcher and to hospital to be assessed.

Karunaratne was given the all-clear following tests and the 30-year-old tweeted his gratitude later in the day.

"To all at @CricketAus #Canberrahospital, to Dr.Asanka and to all who were there when I received a blow !!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for looking after my well-being Cheers," Karunaratne posted.

"My Cricketing battle starts all over again tomorrow.. #AUSvSL"

Cricket Sri Lanka said in a statement: "Opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been released from the hospital, as investigations have shown that the 'results are normal'.

"Karunaratne, however, will have to undergo a concussion test tomorrow morning; before making a decision on his availability for the rest of the match."

Karunaratne was unbeaten on 46 when he retired hurt and the tourists will resume on Sunday in big trouble with a lot of work to do on 123-3 in reply to 534-5.

West Indies paceman Alzarri Joseph came out to bat on the third day of the second Test against England in Antigua, despite the death of his mother. 

Kurtis Patterson joked that his parents were "carrying on like pork chops" after he registered his maiden Test hundred on Saturday against Sri Lanka.

Patterson, who made his debut last week in the first Test of the series, marked his second international appearance with a score of 114 not out as Australia continued to pile on the runs in Canberra.

The hosts declared on 534-5 before reducing Sri Lanka, whose opener Dimuth Karunaratne was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the neck by a bouncer, to 123-3 in reply.

There were animated celebrations from Patterson's parents in the crowd as their son brought up a memorable milestone at Manuka Oval, with father Brad going on to suggest he would celebrate by drinking 1,000 beers.

Asked if he had seen his mum and dad after play, the 25-year-old told a news conference: "Yeah, I got a hold of them on the way up, which was nice. They were actually quite ok, to be honest.

"From everything I've been told by every second person, they were carrying on like pork chops.

"It was lovely to see them, they've obviously been an integral part of my journey so it was great for them to be here and be there for me today.

"I've played that innings in my mind ever since I was a little boy, so it was really nice to get out there today and make it a reality."

Having previously been criticised for his failure to convert enough fifties into hundreds, Patterson has now registered four centuries in his last seven innings - two of those coming for a Cricket Australia XI against Sri Lanka in a tour match that preceded the first Test.

"There's probably been a fair bit that I've changed from last season, to be honest," he explained.

"I just kind of had a bit of self-reflection, thought about what I needed to do to convert those starts into big scores. [I have made] a couple of small technical changes, but the main ones have just been that I've changed the way that I've trained.

"I've tried to hit balls for a little bit longer on those training days and just paid a bit more attention to my mental routines and what I'm doing when I'm out there in the middle.

"I think in previous years I've probably been guilty of over-thinking it and actually changing what I'm doing when I'm getting to 50 or 60, when the reality is you don't need to change it ... you've just got to continue and go for a long time.

"Our bowling coach at New South Wales, Andre Adams, just said to me one day at the MCG, 'you're going to be a successful batter if you've got a decent technique and if you can stay on task and make the right decisions'. I think that pretty much sums up the way I view batting and that's helped me along the way."

Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha provided a positive update on opener Dimuth Karunaratne, after he was taken to hospital having been struck on the neck by a Pat Cummins bouncer in the second Test with Australia.

In worrying scenes at Manuka Oval, Karunaratne was hit by a 142kph delivery from Cummins and received prolonged medical treatment before being taken off on a stretcher and sent to hospital to be assessed.

A subsequent tweet from Cricket Australia revealed Karunaratne had "complained of pain in [his] neck and tingling to his hands", but Hathurusingha was upbeat over the 30-year-old's condition.

"He's in the hospital at the moment and in good spirits," said Hathurusingha. "No danger at the moment. He was talking to us before he was leaving as well.

"It was a bit scary at the start the way he falls back initially but he was OK.

"Throughout he was talking to the umpires and the physio. [He was] hit on the back of the neck so he's being assessed at the moment."

Karunaratne was 46 not out when he was struck by Cummins, who was joined by team-mate Kurtis Patterson in wishing the Sri Lanka batsman a speedy recovery.

"Obviously it's never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that," Cummins told Fox Cricket.

"The good thing was it looked like he was moving his hands and the physio said he seemed alright when he left. I wish him all the best and hopefully he's doing alright."

Patterson, a centurion for Australia on day two, added: "I'm hoping he's OK. Hoping he can come out and bat again tomorrow [Sunday]. All of us were in a bit of shock but I think everyone is OK, which is good."

Sri Lanka will resume on 123-3 in reply to their hosts' mammoth total of 534-5 declared.

Kurtis Patterson posted his maiden Test century as Australia finished on the front foot after Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was hospitalised after being struck by a bouncer on day two of the second Test.

Patterson (114 not out) marked just his second appearance with a hundred to help lead Australia to 534-5 declared in Canberra on Saturday.

Sri Lanka appeared to be comfortable on 82-0 before Karunaratne was felled by a Pat Cummins short ball and carried off the field on a stretcher at Manuka Oval.

Karunaratne – who scored 46 runs prior to the incident – was hit in the back of his neck in a terrifying moment, which stunned players and the crowd into silence.

It unnerved Sri Lanka, who lost 30-3 as the visitors lost Lahiru Thirimanne (41), replacement batsman Dinesh Chandimal (15) and Kusal Mendis (6) to be 123-3 at stumps, still 411 runs behind.

Earlier, Joe Burns (180) fell short of a memorable double-century and Patterson celebrated his maiden Test hundred as only one wicket fell in the first two sessions.

Australia were relentless as they resumed on 384-4 and piled on the runs against Sri Lanka, reaching 400 in less than 30 minutes of play.

Burns hit his 27th boundary and added nine to his overnight score before the opener chopped on to give Kasun Rajitha (1-103) his first wicket.

With Australia 404-5, Patterson – who was dropped from the first ball he faced on Friday and began the day on 25 – took over.

Making the most of his reprieve, Patterson was patient and calculated, bringing up his first Test half-century off 100 balls.

Australia captain Tim Paine watched from the other end as Patterson wore down Sri Lanka's attack, the 25-year-old raising his bat after hitting the three runs required for an unforgettable ton.

It also marked the first time in 30 years that two Australia batsmen have scored their first century in the same Test innings following Travis Head's hundred – dating back to Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor during the 1989 Ashes Tour.

Paine produced an unbeaten 45 before he declared and sent Sri Lanka in to bat before the tea break, which they navigated and looked set until Cummins (1-25), Nathan Lyon (1-40) and Mitchell Starc (1-32) struck late.

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to hospital after being struck by a bouncer during the second Test against Australia.

Karunaratne was felled by a Pat Cummins short ball, which hit the back of his neck on day two at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday.

Australia's players and the crowd were stunned into silence as Karunaratne – who immediately dropped to the floor – received treatment in the middle of the ground.

Karunaratne left the field of play on an emergency cab to an applause, with his neck held by Australia team doctor Richard Shaw, before being transported to a Canberra hospital.

The 30-year-old batsman – who scored 46 runs prior to the incident – was replaced by Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal with the visitors 82-0 after Australia declared on 534-5.

West Indies dug in on a testing pitch to open up a potentially series-winning lead on day two of the second Test against England in Antigua.

Kraigg Brathwaite (49), John Campbell (47) and Shai Hope (44) made contributions at the top of the order on a North Sound track with such variable bounce.

Darren Bravo dropped anchor to frustrate the tourists with a patient unbeaten 33 from 165 deliveries and Jason Holder was still there on 19 when the Windies closed on 272-6 - leading by 85 runs.

The excellent Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-42 from 28 overs after having no luck in the opening session, with Jos Buttler dropping a simple chance to remove John Campbell.

England, who had Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps with Ben Foakes sent for an X-ray on his right hand, will have to produce something special to keep the series alive after toiling on a warm Friday.

Broad was desperately unfortunate to see a miserly, probing morning spell go without reward as Campbell survived a DRS appeal for caught behind, before Buttler dropped a regulation chance offered by the West Indies opener at third slip.

Campbell made the most of those and other slices of good fortune to strike some confident blows through the covers on his way to 47, but Buttler partially atoned for his earlier error, with Ben Stokes the beneficiary.

That was England's only breakthrough before lunch, as Brathwaite's opening stand of 70 with Campbell and an additional 63 alongside Hope for the second wicket placed a sizable dent in the tourists' first-innings total of 187.

But Brathwaite and Hope also fell just short of half-centuries – Moeen Ali (2-54) having the former caught at short leg by substitute Keaton Jennings.

Broad then deployed leg-cutters to fine effect, seeing Hope caught at the wicket and uprooting Roston Chase's off stump in the same over with one that kept wickedly low.

James Anderson was furious when Rory Burns grassed Shimron Hetmyer at extra cover off his bowling and had barely calmed down when he superbly caught the dangerous batsman in the deep off Moeen for 21.

West Indies were a run behind and five down at that stage and Bravo and first-Test centurion Shane Dowrich rode their luck in getting through to tea.

It was Broad who ended a 50-run stand to reduce the Windies to 236-6, a brute of a delivery rapping Dowrich (31) on the gloves and looping to Buttler in the slips, before England wasted a review when Bravo was struck on the pad by Stokes.

The watchful Bravo and Holder stood firm as England continued to probe without further reward, leaving the Windies in a strong position at stumps.

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