New Delhi:Man of the match Brett Lee completed his second successive four-wicket haul as Australia thumped Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the first cricket Test in Brisbane on Monday.
Resuming at their overnight score of 218 for five, the Lankans, who were forced to follow on after being bundled out for 211 in reply to a mammoth Australian total of 551, were bowled out for 300 on the final day.
Lee was the wrecker-in-chief for the hosts, returning match figures of 8/112 after picking up 4/86 in the second innings.
For the visitors Chamara Silva was the only batsman to put up some resistance on Monday scoring a valiant 43 before edging Lee to Michael Hussey to start the Lankan collapse.
The visitors' tail-enders failed to contribute much as Lee and Stuart Clark (2/75) completed the formalities.
The second and final Test of the series would be played in Hobart from November 16.
Brief Scores: Australia 551 for 4 declared
Sri Lanka: First Innings - 211 all out
Second Innings - 300 all out (Michael Vandort 82, Mahela Jayawardane 49, Chamara Silva 43, Brett Lee 4/86).