ROGERS HITS HALF CENTURY AS AUSTRALIA CHIP AWAY AT ENGLAND’S TOTAL ON DAY TWO
Chris Rogers hit a vital 95 as the visitors ended day two on 264-5, trailing England by 166 at the close.
This was Rogers’ record-equalling seventh consecutive half ton as he fell just five runs short of a fifth Test century.
Moeen Ali struck an 88-ball 77, featuring 11 fours and one six as the hosts were bowled out for 430 before lunch. Ali backed up his batting performance claiming two wickets with the ball as England gained the impetus going into day three.
The hosts began the day on 343-7 and quickly reached the 400 mark with Ali claiming his second Test half century.
In response, the Aussies had a relatively solid start with Rogers sharing 50-run partnerships with both David Warner and Steven Smith, with the score 129-2.
Rogers was caught by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Mark Wood as the nervous nineties struck again, with the Australians 180-3 half an hour after tea.
With the game tightly poised on 207-3, captain Michael Clarke was caught and bowled by off-spinner Ali for 38 as momentum started to swing England’s way.
Just five minutes before close of play, Ben Stokes dismissed Adam Voges as he loosely drove a half-volley to Jimmy Anderson at short cover for 31, leaving the Aussies a lot of work to do.
By Matthew Tilbury, Image Credit to BBC Sport