The Ashes, 4th Test Day 3: Ian Bell rescues England
Ian Bell's third hundred of this Ashes series rescued England from another top-order collapse and left them well-placed at stumps on Sunday's third day of the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.
Ian Bell's third hundred of this Ashes series rescued England from another top-order collapse and left them well-placed at stumps on Sunday's third day of the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street. Joe Root bowled by Ryan Harris here. (All AFP and AP images)
England dismissed Australia for 270, the tourists held to a slender first innings lead of 32.
Australia resumed Sunday on 222 for five, with Rogers 101 not out following the 35-year-old left-handed opener's maiden Test hundred on Saturday, made in the face of excellent seam bowling from Stuart Broad, who finished the innings with five wickets for 71 runs.
Rogers had added just nine when, pushing forward defensively to off-spinner Graeme Swann, he was brilliantly caught off glove and pad for 110 by wicketkeeper Matt Prior, diving in front of the stumps.
Umpire Tony Hill originally ruled not out but England overturned his decision on review and Rogers, who batted for nearly six hours, was out having faced 225 balls with 14 fours.
Harris took three England top-order wickets for 18 runs in 24 balls. With conditions overcast, he had England captain Alastair Cook, on 22, nicking a loose drive to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
Jonathan Trott then gloved Harris and was well caught down the legside by a leaping Haddin for 23.
Australia found themselves a bowler down when Watson went off midway through his seventh over with a right hip/groin injury.
Lyon though had Pietersen caught off a leading edge by Chris Rogers at short extra-cover. England were now 155 for four -- a lead of 123 runs -- but Bairstow kept Australia at bay for more than an hour.
After a brief interruption for bad light, Bell cover-drove Harris before the paceman, from around the wicket, had him fending at a steeply rising bouncer.
An unruffled Bell, who was admirably straight in defence, went into the 90s by off-driving Lyon down the ground for four.
Then a late cut two off Tasmania quick Jackson Bird just evaded Australia captain Michael Clarke at a wide slip before a single next ball saw Bell to his 20th hundred in 92 Tests, having faced 184 balls with 10 boundaries in just over four hours.
England were 234 for five in their second innings, a lead of 202 runs, with Bell 105 not out and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan unbeaten on four.