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Australia 143-1 chasing 231 in 4th Ashes test

Rogers leads Australia to 143-1 at lunch chasing 231 in fourth Ashes test against England

England's Stuart Broad yells out after a missed chance off his bowling to Australia's David Warner during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec....
England's Alastair Cook drops a chance to take the wicket of Australia's David Warner during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at...
Australia's David Warner edges the ball to be caught out for 25 runs against England during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at ...
Australia's Shane Watson pulls the ball against England during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ...
Australia's Chris Rogers, left, plays a cut shot in front of England's Ian Bell during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the M...

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England's Stuart Broad yells out after a missed chance off his bowling to Australia's David Warner during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec....

Australia England Ashes Cricket

England's Alastair Cook drops a chance to take the wicket of Australia's David Warner during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at...

Australia England Ashes Cricket

Australia's David Warner edges the ball to be caught out for 25 runs against England during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at ...

Australia England Ashes Cricket

Australia's Shane Watson pulls the ball against England during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ...

Australia England Ashes Cricket

Australia's Chris Rogers, left, plays a cut shot in front of England's Ian Bell during their Ashes cricket test match, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the M...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australia stormed closer to a fourth consecutive Ashes victory as Chris Rogers smashed his second half century of the match to leave Australia on 143-1 at lunch needing 88 to beat England on the fourth day of the fourth test.

After resuming on the overnight score of 30-1, David Warner was caught behind off Ben Stokes (1-35) for 25 in another disappointing effort, leaving opening partner Rogers to confidently make an unbeaten 81 with nine fours to take control of the England bowling and steadily reel in Australia's victory target of 231.

Rogers and Shane Watson share an unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 79 at the break.

Watson, who sustained a groin injury while bowling on the first day and often looked uncomfortable batting, battled to 36.

England will rue some early missed chances after Jonny Bairstow failed to move on a Rogers edge off Stuart Broad, leaving a difficult attempt that Cook let slip through for four when Rogers was on 19. Cook then put down a straightforward edge from Warner at first slip two overs later off Stokes.

Stokes gained revenge shortly after when Warner added just three runs before becoming the only wicket of the morning. Warner, who made just 9 in the first innings Saturday, was again attempting a big shot off a short ball only to edge to the wicketkeeper.

England followed its most dominant performance this series with perhaps its poorest when it dismissed Australia for 204 early on the third day only to suffer two dramatic collapses of 3-1 and 5-6 either side of tea. Nathan Lyon (5-50) took five wickets to help dismiss England for 179 and usher Australia in for its victory chase shortly before stumps Saturday.


Updated : 2021-07-24 11:46 GMT+08:00