The Ashes: England bowlers rule Day 2 of MCG Test
Australia were reduced to 164 for 9 at stumps on Day 2 of the fourth and final Ashes Test vs England at the MCG.
England were precariously placed at 226 for 6 after the opening day and Australia's wrecker-in-chief Mitchell Johnson continued his fiery form to record his 10th five -wicket haul. England collapsed to 255 all out on the second morning at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. All images from AFP and AP.
James Anderson finally tasted success with the ball on this Ashes trip Down Under with a three-wicket haul, his best show in the series so far.
Michael Clarke misjudged the line of an Anderson ball that seamed in to him and let it go through only to hear the crackling sound of the stumps being shattered. Australia were in trouble at 62 for 3.
Then Chris Rogers scored a fifth Test fifty to help Australia recover somewhat. He had to tackle some hostile bowling from Anderson, Broad and Ben Stokes en route his 61.
After Rogers was dismissed, Brad Haddin batted with gay abandon and dictated terms to the bowlers.
Once Haddin was going ballistic in his unfinished 49-ball 43, Alastair Cook was left with a lot of fielding changes to do.
Stuart Broad then made an impact with his last spell of the day, removing tailenders Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.
Broad's spell brought a lot of cheer to the Barmy Army who had thronged to the MCG in large numbers. Australia ended the day at 164 for 9, trailing England by 91 further runs.