Australia Rebounds to Trail England by 16 Runs in Ashes Cricket

Chris Rogers’s first Test century helped Australia rebound from a slow start to trail England by 16 runs in the Ashes.

Rogers was 101 not out as Australia reached 222-5 after day two of the fourth cricket Test at Chester-le-Street, England, in reply to the host’s first innings 238. Brad Haddin was on 12 at stumps.

England’s Stuart Broad took three wickets in the first 13.1 overs and Tim Bresnan claimed Steve Smith to leave Australia on 76-4. Rogers and Shane Watson then put up a 129-run fifth wicket partnership before Watson was dismissed by Broad, who finished the day with 4-48.

The 35-year-old Rogers reached the century mark three overs later with a four through square leg. Bad light stopped play for the day 20 balls later.

England resumed on 238-9 this morning and lost its remaining wicket when Jackson Bird bowled out James Anderson with the final ball of the second over.

Nathan Lyon took 4-42 for the visitors, while Bird, making his Ashes debut, and Ryan Harris claimed two wickets each. Captain Alastair Cook led England with 51 runs and Jonathan Trott scored 49.

England retained the Ashes trophy it won two years ago in Australia with a draw in the third Test after wins in the first two games of the five-match series.

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