Rogers leads Australia fightback; England digs out top order

CARDIFF, Wales, July 9: England started and finished day two of the Ashes series opener admirably on Thursday, with Australia still trying to find an edge at sun-bathed Sophia Gardens.
In the morning, the last three England wickets netted an invaluable 87 runs to lift the total to 430 all out. England then dug out Australia's top order in less than two sessions on the passive pitch, and slowed down the visitors to 264-5 at stumps, trailing by 166 runs.
It was still anybody's test.
At the crease were Shane Watson on 29, and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon on 6.
Opener Chris Rogers looked set to blow away England by featuring in 50-plus partnerships for the first three wickets.
The Australian with the most experience in English conditions, Rogers, who turns 38 next month, made batting look effortless as he picked gaps with ease, defended safely, attacked the short ball, and tucked away balls off his legs.
When he brought up his 50 after lunch, he became the fifth batsman, and first opener, to score seven consecutive 50s. The previous six scores were last December-January at home against India.
Rogers scored 20 off 17 balls to rush from 75 to 95 after tea, and a fifth test century was imminent. But he edged behind, glanced at the catch, and walked off, leaving fast bowler Mark Wood to celebrate his first Ashes wicket.
It was the second time in three innings he was out for 95. He used up only 133 balls, hit 11 boundaries, and his first six in a test.
Rogers dominated the opening stand of 52 with David Warner, who overturned a leg-before decision off James Anderson on 13, but perished on 17, trying to drive the fast bowler but nicking it.
Rogers and the equally prolific Steve Smith upped the ante with 77 together in 19 overs through the middle session.
Smith, the third highest run-scorer in test cricket over the last 13 months at an average of 97, went after Moeen Ali, and was successful at first.
But the third time in the same over that he charged at Ali, the spinner bowled down his legside. Smith muddled trying to adjust his feet and spooned the ball to Alastair Cook at mid-on. He departed for 33, just before tea.
Captain Michael Clarke joined Rogers and they clicked immediately, sharing 51 off 58 balls.
Then Rogers was out at 180-3, and when Clarke was caught and bowled by Ali for 38, the momentum shifted slightly to England with more than an hour left under blue skies. Agencies
Source: Agencies


  
  

Comments


No comments yet! Be the first one to leave a comment.


Add Comment

Name:
Email:
Comment:

More Sports News


International Yoga Day: 5 easy yoga asanas to treat spondylitis and fi ..


Yo-Yo effect: BCCI for fitness tests before selection ..

- Harendra Singh eyeing Olympic dream in different role in Tokyo
- A Diabetic's Guide To Eating Rice; Here's How You Can Cook Starch-Free Rice
- Om Mitharval, Jitu Rai off the mark at Munich World Cup
- Shane Warne's presence motivated Kuldeep Yadav to register career-best figures
- Juventus clinch seventh title in a row with 0-0 draw
- Leicester City eager to spoil Arsene Wenger's farewell, says Wes Morgan
- Caster Semenya breaks her own national 1500m record despite controversy
- FIFA proposes staging a new mini-World Cup every two years
- Shahzar Rizvi claims No.1 spot in ISSF 10m Air Pistol Rankings
- Asian Games 2018: Bell rings for round two in India boxing
- Shahid Afridi to play for World XI against West Indies in charity match
- 'My belief was unflinching,' says Jitu Rai on gold medal win
- Coach reminded me that my life depended on this after failing two attempts, says
- Smriti Mandhana, Anuja Patil shine as India beat England in Women's T20I Tri-Ser
- Back from ankle injury, Steph Curry suffer MCL spain in first game back
- Formula One warned to take breakaway threat seriously, urged to work together to
- Long Jump prodigy Sreeshankar, on cusp of 8-metre club, eyes Asian Games and Jun
- Tiger Woods tames gusty winds for opening 70 at Valspar
- Suresh Raina batted as if he was never out of side, says Ravi Shastri
- Antoine Griezmann in top form ahead of Barcelona clash

Related News

Dawid Malan included in England ODI squad after Ben Stokes withdrawn
Jan 1:Suspended England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been withdrawn from the squad for this month's five-match one-day international .. read more
New Perth stadium to host Australia-England 5th ODI
Nov 20:The new Perth Stadium will host the one-day international between England and Australia on January 28, Cricket Australia (C .. read more
Virat Kohli's journey from IPL 2016 to 2017: Hundreds, double hundreds and record-breaking run
Mar 22:After his record-breaking 973 runs in the Indian Premier League last season, Virat Kohli continued the good work on the int .. read more
Ashes 2017: Ben Stokes let a lot of people down, says David Warner
Nov 21:Ben Stokes was not picked in the England squad for the Ashes series in Australia after his arrest in Bristol in September a .. read more
India will be looking for nothing less than 5-0 against Australia: Harbhajan Singh
Sept 26:Harbhajan Singh vs Australia has always been an interesting contest, both on and off the field. He is not part of the curr .. read more

More Related News

- Chris Rogers confirms he will quit after Ashes
- Ashes 2017: Australia add Ashton Agar to squad for final Test in Sydney
- Smriti Mandhana, Anuja Patil shine as India beat England in Women's T20I Tri-Series
- Deja vu for England coach Gareth Southgate at World Cup draw
- Dele Alli ruled out with injury, Michael Keane added to England squad for friendlies

More Latest News:

- India has overcome Congress legacy, can no more use it as excuse: NITI Aayog VC Rajiv Kumar
- BJP ends alliance with PDP in J&K; Mufti resigns; Omar Abdullah says no mandate to form govt
- Air India sale put on hold since it is an election year
- Shiv Sena says '2014 political accident' will not happen in 2019
- Nepal willing to enhance cross-border connectivity, trade with China: PM Oli
- Kalank actor Alia Bhatt suffers foot injury
- Telangana Police develops its own version of WhatsApp
- Telangana ranked number one in utilising CAMPA funds: CS SK Joshi
- Race 3 box office collection day 4: Salman Khan film earns Rs 120.71 crore
- Cyber crooks in Hyderabad go too far with prank apps
- Three brothers born in Pakistan given Indian citizenship in Nizamabad
- Centre does U-turn on Bayyaram steel plant
- Telangana's Prabhakar Kusuma awarded Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society
- Punjagutta-LB Nagar Metro on fast track
- International Yoga Day: 5 easy yoga asanas to treat spondylitis and fight back pain
- UN: Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide
- Plant based diet can be beneficial for diabetes patients
- Harendra Singh eyeing Olympic dream in different role in Tokyo
- Yo-Yo effect: BCCI for fitness tests before selection
- Red Bull F1 team to use Honda engines from next season
- Paris attacks suspect given conditional release
- More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws
- Israel quiet on US claims it hit Iraq militia in Syria
- Trump approves plan to impose tough China tariffs
- Nicaraguans flood migration offices in bid to flee crisis
This page was created in 0.0252158641815 seconds