Australia dominated Sri Lanka to win the first Test but the unlikely hero was almost robbed by a shocking umpiring decision.

He may have struggled with the bat but Head produced one of the all-time great bowling spells as Australia romped to a 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first Test match on Friday (AEST).

After Australia was bowled for 321 with a lead of 109, it was absolute carnage as it quickly became clear the pitch in Galle was a spinner’s paradise.

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Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson did the early damage to have Sri Lanka reeling at 4/63, before Head entered the attack and stole the show.

Rolling the arm over with his part-time off-spin, Head produced a jaffa that turned a mile to bowl Dinesh Chandimal through the gate to take his first ever Test wicket.

Cricket fans couldn’t believe their eyes as the middle order batter ran riot with the ball in hand and spun a web around the Sri Lankans.

Sports reporter Chris De Silva tweeted: “Travis Head turning it like Prime Murali, this is insane lmao.”

Head then struck again three balls later with another peach, trapping Dhananjaya de Silva plumb LBW after he offered no shot.

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena bafflingly gave it not out, but the Aussies successfully sent the review upstairs and the review showed the ball was going on to smash the stumps.

Viewers were gobsmacked by the shocking not out decision.

CODE Sports’ Lachlan McKirdy tweeted: “That had to be plum. What was Dharmasena thinking??”

Cricket writer Daniel Brettig said: “Dhananjaya lets a straight ball hit him on the pads and he is plumb lbw on review. Terrible leave, and the on-field not out decision almost as bad.”

Head continued his rampage, claiming the wickets of Jeffrey Vandersay and Lasith Embuldeniya to finish with stunning figures of 4/10 off 2.5 overs to enter cult hero status.

Lyon had four wickets to finish with nine for the match, while Swepson chipped in with two.

Lyon now has 436 Test wickets and has moved up to 10th on the list of all-time Test wicket takers.

Such was the dominance of the spinners, Mitchell Starc only bowled two overs before he was taken out of the attack and captain Pat Cummins wasn’t required to bowl a single over in the innings for the first time in his Test career.

Cameron Green was named player of the match for his excellent first innings knock of 77.

Sri Lanka’s second innings came under heavy fire as they collapsed in only 137 deliveries — the shortest completed innings in their Test cricket history.

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