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“England bowled well and we were probably a bit careless at times”
Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has admitted that the second day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne was the “worst day” the baggy greens have had “in the series so far”.
Rogers’ comments come after Australia still trail by 91 runs with only one wicket in hand heading into the third day of the match.
“A very disappointing day,” Rogers told Sky Sports. “England bowled well and we were probably a bit careless at times.
“It’s the worst day we’ve had in the series so far, but it happens and England are still a very good side.
“I think it’s one of those surfaces that if you bowl in good areas it is hard to score, and to give England credit they bowled very well today.”
Rogers was also at a loss of words to explain Australia’s dramatic collapse.
“When you get bogged down you’re probably looking for releases and I think a few of us did,” he said. “Whatever happened, it didn’t go our way.”
When asked if it had something to do with the pitch, Rogers said: “It is a little bit two-paced. Some balls seem to go through a bit quicker and others don’t so you just have to get yourself in and get a feel for the pace of the wicket. Then hopefully you can score.”
Even though England pace bowler Stuart Broad got a delivery to crash into the side of his face and make him bleed, Rogers still ended up being Australia’s top-scorer with 61 runs.
“I ducked the wrong one there,” Rogers joked when talking about the small memento Broad had left on his face. “It didn’t hurt at all for some reason, it probably got me in the right place. It was a bit of a cut from the grill really – I’m fine.”