4th Ashes Test, Day 2: England vs Australia - As it happened...
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Australia: 1st innings
Over 74.4 || Score 222/5
STUMPS: Chris Rogers looked a little nervous as he approached his maiden Test ton. Michael Clarke stood there at the balcony, watching the left-hander play some loose strokes. One of Swann’s delivery kept low and Rogers was almost bowled four runs short of his century. But the left-hander had seen enough and he took a chance off the next delivery and swept it past deep square leg to bring his stupendous maiden Test ton! He didn’t jump in the air, and it was a mature celebration from a 35-year-old cricketer. One could see the relief on Clarke’s face as Rogers hit that boundary. Before bad light stopped play, Haddin was looking to counter-attack as he played some aggressive strokes against Swann. Australia now trail by 16 runs with five wickets in hand.
Another fascinating day of Test cricket. When England hit the field to bowl, it was the Broad show all the way as he got breakthroughs for his side at regular intervals, but then came the Watson-Rogers partnership which extended England’s wait for the fifth wicket. But the Day will be remembered for Chris Rogers' maiden Test ton and many believe, nobody deserved a maiden Test ton like he did.
Chris Rogers 101* (233b) Brad Haddin 12* (18b)
Over 70 || Score 205/5
Broad has bowled some excellent deliveries today but he finally got the much-needed breakthrough for his side off a poor delivery. It was bowled down the leg side, Watson edged it and Prior took a good catch diving to his left. That dismissal ended the 131-runs partnership between Watson and Rogers. Brad Haddin is the new man at the crease. Australia now trail by 33 runs with five wickets in hand.
SR Watson c Prior b Broad 68 (134b)
Over 60 || Score 181/4
Both the batsmen have grown into tremendous confidence and this partnership is now really hurting the hosts. The shoulders are dropping and one could decipher from the body language of the bowlers how well Watson and Rogers have controlled the proceedings. Earlier Prior made a confident stumping appeal against Rogers whose foot was well inside the crease when he missed a ball from Graeme Swann that spun away from him. Australia now trail by 47 runs with six wickets in hand. These two have now added unbeaten 105 runs for the fifth wicket. Promoting Watson down the orders seems to have worked out after the right-hander scored his first half-century of the series.
Chris Rogers 89* (191b) Shane Watson 52*(106b)
Over 48 || Score 148/4
Tea: So as we have seen on so many occasions in this series, the game is turning heads session by session. After losing four quick wickets, Rogers and Watson have the innings and their partnership should now be bothering Alastair Cook. Graeme Swann has bowled just five overs and Cook would be contemplating to bring him into the attack. Australia now trail by 90 runs with six wickets in hand.
Chris Rogers 71* (150b) Shane Watson 38*(75b)
Over 40 || Score 130/4
While Chris Rogers is making the best of the few opportunities that have come his way, Shane Watson has once again got off to a good start. Rogers is more confident at the crease, and only if Watson can find some boundaries from the middle of the bat, Australia could make the best of the efforts put in by their bowlers. These two have now added 54 runs for the fifth wicket. Australia now trail by 108 runs with 6 wickets in hand.
Chris Rogers 67* (122b) Shane Watson 25*(55b)
Over 30 || Score 99/4
Australia suffered another blow as Steven Smith fiddled with a delivery which had some room on offer and edged it to Prior who took a low catch to his right. Meanwhile Shane Watson got a life when Bresnan dropped the right-hander off his own bowling. Australia now trail by 139 runs with 6 wickets in hand. Rogers has scored yet another half-century, his third of the series.
Over 21 || Score 75/3
Lunch: Stuart Broad has brought his side back into the game with three blows, including Michael Clarke who has been the backbone of this Australian batting line up for some time now. Chris Rogers has once again impressed with his temperament and stroke-making technique and he is well supported by the confident Steven Smith. The duo has added 26 runs for the fourth wicket as Australia now trail by 163 runs with seven wickets in hand.
Earlier the Aussies suffered a major blow when Clarke tried to drive a ball that had some width on offer, but edged it towards the slip cordon where Cook took an easy catch.
Chris Rogers 41* (70b) Steven Smith 17* (26b)
MJ Clarke c Cook b Broad 6 (18b)
Over 10 || Score 35/2
Warner Out. England got their first wicket. Warner failed once again. Broad gave England its first breakthrough in the fourth over of the innings. A length ball by Broad came in for the southpaw and hit top off the stumps. U Khawaja came in to bat after the fall of first Australian wicket. Khawaja Out. Broad is on a roll here. Khawaja initially decided to play the ball but later decided to leave the length ball by Broad, but late movement off the pitch did enough to kiss the stumps. In the next two overs Australian batsmen collected four boundaries. Rogers scored three out of the four and skipper Clarke managed one. But the Australians are living dangerously at the moment. DRS is once gain under scanner. Two reviews in the 8th over. First by England, when an in-swinger by Broad hit the pads of Rogers but field umpire was not very convinced. And even the review showed that the ball pitched outside leg. After a gap of one ball Tony Hill raised his finger when England appealed for a caught behind. This time Roges went for the DRS. And hot spot proved him correct.
UT Khawaja c †Prior b Broad 0 (6b)
DA Warner b Broad 3 (7b)
Over 2 || Score 2/0
Rogers and Warner are opening the innings for Australia. Rogers opened the Australian account by taking a single in the last ball of the first over. Broad is sharing the new ball with Anderson.
England first innings
Over 92 || Score 238
Australia is in search for the last England wicket. Siddle started the proceedings for the visiting team. First over of the day was a maiden. James Anderson is playing on 16, whereas Bresnan is on 12. Siddle is sharing the ball with Jackson Bird. Bird is getting a bit of movement off the pitch. Out. Bird got the wicket of Anderson in the last ball off his first over. England lasted for just two overs this morning and didn’t manage to add a single run in their total tally.
JM Anderson b Bird 16 (16b)
On Friday, Australia`s plan to starve England of runs paid off handsomely when they reduced the home team to 238 for nine on the opening day of the fourth Ashes test in County Durham on Friday. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took centre stage for the tourists, who are 2-0 down in the five-match series, winning his personal battle with dangerman Kevin Pietersen as he ripped through the middle order with figures of four for 42.
First day of the 4th Ashes Test was dominated by the visitors. Today, it will be interesting to watch whether Australia will continue to dominate or the hosts will make a comeback with the help of their fine bowling.