'In form' Herath licking lips at prospect of bowling against Oz in Melbourne, Sydney

Sydney, Dec 17(ANI): Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who picked five wickets against Australia in the first Test match at a seamer-friendly Hobart pitch, has said he is looking forward to bowl on the Melbourne and Sydney tracks that are known to give some assistance to spin-bowlers.

Herath rocketed back to the top of the Test wicket-taking list for 2012 with a five-wicket haul against Australia in the first Test.

The left-armer's 5-95 took him back past England's Graeme Swann with 60 wickets for the calendar year at an average of 22.40.

It's taken 34-year-old Herath most of his career to step out of the shadow of Test great Muttiah Muralitharan but he said Australians would see more of what he's got at the more spin-friendly MCG and SCG.

"In Melbourne and Sydney, from what I've heard, it looks like it's some help for the spinners so that's a good start, taking five wickets from here," the Age quoted Herath, as saying.

"That's a good achievement. This is my first game playing in a Test match in Australia so I'm really happy with the way I bowled," he added.

Herath broke Australia's century opening stand by removing Dave Warner to keep Sri Lankan hopes alive and then mopped up the tail.

Herath now has 174 Test wickets at 29.67 in 42 matches since his debut at home against Australia in 1999. (ANI)


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