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Michael Clarke's half-century and a five-wicket haul for Nathan Bracken helped Australia to a resounding one-day win over Sri Lanka in Sydney.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Adam Gilchrist made a quick-fire 61 before Clarke (77) put the hosts on course for a solid total of 253-6.

In response, Sri Lanka's batting line-up crumbled as Bracken took 5-46.

Kumar Sangakkara top-scored with 42 but the tourists were never likely to meet their target and lost by 128 runs.

Meeting for the first time in an ODI since their World Cup final encounter in Barbados in April 2007, Australia made a promising start in their pursuit of quick runs.

Matthew Hayden, returning to partner Gilchrist at the top of the order following his hamstring injury, looked in particularly good knick.
 
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