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The Ashes, 4th Test: As it happened, England vs Australia - Chris Rogers hits maiden Test ton to take Australia to 222/5 on Day 2

Australia have fought back through Chris Rogers and Shane Watson. They trail England by just 16 runs with 5 wickets in hand.

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Last updated on Saturday, 10 August, 2013 22:42 IST
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An improving Australia is threatening to make life trickier for the hosts in the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street. Catch all the highlights of the match here: (Scorecard | Commentary)

22:38 (IST): And that's it on Day 2 as play ends with the game evenly balanced with Australia trailing by 16 runs. Chris Rogers unbeaten on 101 and Brad Haddin on 12.

 

22:23 (IST): The umpires test the light and the players are coming off the fieldthough play is officially yet to be called off. Australia 222/5 in 74.4 overs, trail England by 16 runs.

 

22:20 (IST): Bresnan comes back into the attack. A spring in the step for England even though Rogers still stands tall. Australia 217/5 in 74 overs, trail England by 21 runs.

 

22:12 (IST): And there it is! A sweep shot and Chris Rogers reaches his maiden Test hundred against England in Durham. A superb innings under pressure against world class bowling. Australia 211/5 in 71.4 overs, trail England by 27 runs.

 

22:00 (IST): Shane Watson (68) is caught by Matt Prior down the lge-side off Stuart Broad and England get a much needed wicket. Australia 205/5 in 69 overs, trail England by 33 runs.

 

21:48 (IST): The final drinks break of the day being taken as England look desperate to finish on a high after their initial success. Australia 205/4 in 67 overs, trail England by 33 runs.

 

21:36 (IST): England bowlers persisting in bowling an attacking line and length as they realise the need for wickets. Australia 198/4 in 64.4 overs, trail England by 40 runs.

 

21:21 (IST): Shane Watson getting just a little unsettled at the crease as he plays a loose shot to James Anderson. Australia 183/4 in 60.2 overs, trail England by 55 runs.

 

21:12 (IST): The 100-run partnership comes up between Rogers and Watson for the 5th wicket. They have taken Australia to a position of dominance after England's initial good spell with the ball. Australia 176/4 in 58.4 overs, trail England by 62 runs.

 

21:07 (IST): Shane Watson hits his 20th Test fifty in 98 balls with 5 fours. A possible return to form for the man after his ecent slump with the bat in this series. Australia 170/4 in 56.3 overs, trail England by 68 runs.

 

21:02 (IST): Chris Rogers is playing the classic Test innings. The odd big shot and defensive throughout stalling the England bowlers. Australia 169/4 in 56 overs, trail England by 69 runs.

 

20:49 (IST): Shane Watson and Chris Rogers looking calm and composed at the crease as they are set for big scores. Australia 162/4 in 53 overs, trail England by 76 runs.

 

20:42 (IST): England seem to have run out of answers as Australia look to resurrect the innings after the initial jitters. Australia 152/4 in 51 overs, trail England by 86 runs.

 

20:30 (IST): Play resumes after tea as England look for an early wicket in the session. (Tea Report)

 

20:10 (IST): TEA! Australia have fought well in the second session, losing just one wicket. Chris Rogers, who scored his third fifty, and Shane Watson, batting at number six, have added 72 runs (153 balls) for the fifth wicket. Australia 148 for 4 after 48 overs, trail England (238) by 90 runs.

19:54 (IST): Chris Rogers and Shane Watson are fighting hard on a tough day as England skipper Alastair Cook gambles to bring in Jonathan Trott. Australia 199/4 after 44 overs, trail England by 99 runs.

19:33 (IST): Chris Rogers and Shane Watson have added 53 runs for the fifth wicket. Australia 129/4, trail England by 109 runs.

19:13 (IST): It's been an hour into the second session and Australia have lost just one wicket - Steven Smith. Chris Rogers has looked good as he scored his third fifty. Australia 119/4 after 35 overs, trail England by 119 runs.

18:56 (IST): Former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath believes that current skipper Michael Clarke sets the bar high in the team and enjoys being the focus of the team. (Read full story)

18:42 (IST): FIFTY! Chris Rogers scores his third half-century in Tests. Australia 90 for 4, trail England (238) by 148 runs.

18:38 (IST): DROPPED! Tim Bresnan fails to hold on to a return catch by Shane Watson. Australia 85 for 4, trail England (238) by 153 runs.

18:17 (IST): WICKET! Steven Smith (17) back in hut after edging Tim Bresnan to keeper Matt Prior in the second over after lunch. Australia 76 for 4, trail England (238) by 162 runs.

18:10 (IST): Post lunch session starts and it's Stuart Broad who starts proceedings. Australia 75 for 3, trail England (238) by 163 runs.

17:31 (IST): LUNCH! England dominate the first session by scalping three Australian wickets. Stuart Broad bowled a fiery spell to bag all the three wickets. Chris Rogers was 41 not out and Steven Smith 17 not out. Australia 75 for 3, trail England (238) by 163 runs.

17:17 (IST): England introduce spin in 17th over as Graeme Swann replaces pacer Tim Bresnan. Chris Rogers and Steve Smith at the crease now. Australia 63 for 3.

17:00 (IST): WICKET! Michael Clarke gone. After getting David Warner and Usman Khawaja, Stuart Broad strikes again to remove skipper Michael Clarke. Clarke finds an outside edge that flies straight to Alastair Cook at first slip. Australia 49 for 3.

16:45 (IST): England have dominated the session so far, removing David Warner and Usman Khawaja. Australia 35/2 after 10 overs in reply to England's 238

16:30 (IST): Chris Rogers survives as he successfully reviews against lbw decision. Stuart Broad is bowling a fiery spell out here. Australia 34/2 in reply to England's 238.

16:17 (IST): WICKET! Usman Khawaja's poor form continues. Stuart Broad keeps it on off stump. But Khawaja, in two minds, gets late in leaving the ball and finds a faint inside edge to keeper Matt Prior. Australia 12/2 in reply to England's 238.

16:07 (IST): WICKET! David Warner out. Stuart Broad pitches on off and it nips back in sharply and goes through Warner's bat and pads to hit top of off stumps. Australia 12/1 in reply to England's 238.

15:52 (IST): Australian openers Chris Rogers and David Warner have come out to bat. James Anderson starts proceedings for England. Australia 1/0 after 1 over in reply to England's 238.

15:39 (IST): WICKET! Jackson Bird picks the last England wicket as James Anderson's gritty knock of 16 runs comes to an end. Alastair Cook top scored for the hists with 51 while Jonathan Trott hit 49. Nathan Lyon picked up 4 wickets for Australia, while his fellow pacers Ryan Harris and Jackson Bird chipped in with two each.

 

14:10 (IST): STAT! Siddle has dismissed Matt Prior nine times - the most times a bowler has dismissed him in Tests.

 

13:20 (IST): Spinner Nathan Lyon was hailed by Australia's cricket writers on Saturday after bowling the visitors into a strong position on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test against England. (Read more)

12:50 (IST): STAT! Kevin Pietersen, with 7731 runs at an average of 48.31 in 98 Tests, has overtaken Michael Atherton's tally of 7728, moving into fifth place amongst England's run-getters.

12:18 (IST): Australia spinner Nathan Lyon took four wickets as England collapsed to 238 for nine at stumps on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street on Friday.

England captain Alastair Cook, who won the toss, was the only batsman to make a fifty as the hosts, who had been in a solid position at 107 for one, played a succession of poor shots in the face of accurate Australian bowling.

Story first published on: Saturday, 10 August 2013 12:08 IST

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