Australia vs England 5th Test Day 2: Australia’s pace attack and Rogers leave England in dire straits

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Rogers added to England’s misery by scoring an unbeaten 73

Australia’s pace attack and opening batsman Chris Rogers left England in dire straits on the second day of the fifth and final Test in Sydney.

Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson all took three wickets apiece, while Rogers remains unbeaten on 73.

Starting out the day on 8/1, England captain Alastair Cook and pace bowler James Anderson failed to add a single run onto their two-run partnership as Cook was given out lbw off the bowling of Harris for just seven runs.

Anderson also made seven runs before being caught by Australia captain Michael Clarke in the slips off the bowling of Johnson.

Kevin Pietersen failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Shane Watson at first slip off the bowling of Harris.

Things went from bad to worse for England as Ian Bell was caught behind off the bowling of Siddle for only two runs.

Debutant Gary Ballance only managed to make 18 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes stemmed the bleeding with a 49-run partnership before Bairstow was caught by George Bailey at silly mid-on off the bowling of Siddle for 18.

Just five balls later, Stokes was walking back to the pavilion after having been cleaned up by Siddle for 47 off 101 balls, which included four boundaries.

Scott Borthwick, who is also making his Test debut, only scored one run before being caught by Steven Smith at third slip off the bowling of Harris.

England were bowled out for a dismal 155 when debutant Boyd Rankin had his stumps shattered by Johnson.

Stuart Broad remained unbeaten on 30 off 22 deliveries, which included four boundaries and a six.

Harris, Johnson and Siddle all picked up three wickets apiece, while Lyon chipped in with one.

With a 171-run lead in hand, Australia got off to a poor start as opening batsman David Warner was given out lbw off the bowling of Anderson for 16.

Watson only managed to make nine runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Anderson.

Clarke scored six runs before also being caught behind, but only off the bowling of Broad.

Smith, who scored a magnificent century in the first innings, failed to have an impact in the second as he was caught by Cook in the slips off the bowling of Stokes for seven.

Chris Rogers and Bailey stemmed the bleeding with an unbeaten 49-run partnership, during which Rogers brought up his half-century, before the umpires brought play to an end for the day.

Rogers finished on 73 off 89 balls, which included nine boundaries, while Bailey remained undefeated on 20 off 32 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Australia ended the day on 140/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time, 23:30 GMT (previous day)].

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