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Rogers leads Australian fightback in Ashes

Chris Rogers leads Australia to 104-1 against England in 2nd Ashes test

Rogers leads Australian fightback in Ashes

LONDON (AP) -- Australia scored freely in the first session of the second Ashes test against England on Thursday, reaching 104 for the loss of just one wicket by lunch.

After a damaging 169-run defeat in the first test last week, Australian opener Chris Rogers survived an early scare and was 43 not out at lunch, having hit 6 fours.

Australia won the toss and, as expected, batted, leaving out allrounder Shane Watson and replacing him with Mitchell Marsh, playing in his fifth test match. Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin pulled out of the game, citing "family reasons," although captain Michael Clarke said Wednesday that he would be available for the third of the five-test series. Haddin was replaced by Peter Nevill, making his debut for Australia.

Starting under cloudy skies on a warm day, England's bowlers did not find much movement and came under immediate pressure from Rogers and David Warner, who put on 78 for the first wicket.

Rogers flashed at the third ball of the game and saw the ball fly over the English slip cordon, but that was a rare mistake.

Warner struck 7 fours before England captain Alastair Cook brought on spinner Moeen Ali. Moeen conceded 10 runs from his first five balls before the left-hander impatiently tried to loft the bowler for another boundary. The ball was mishit and Cook had pushed mid-off James Anderson back toward the boundary. Anderson took a difficult catch over his shoulder 20 yards in from the boundary to dismiss Warner for 38.

Rogers was joined by Steve Smith, who looked comfortable and was 16 not out at lunch.

Updated : 2021-09-19 07:55 GMT+08:00