CARDIFF: Day two of the first Ashes Test was just as interesting as everyone expected and although England added 87 runs for their last three wickets and ended on a comprehensive first innings total of 430.
Mitchell Starc got a five-for but the hosts are well and truly on top.
The Australian openers survived a tricky little period before lunch. As expected, both James Anderson and Stuart Broad got the ball to move around. Rogers escaped a close LBW call against Broad in his very first over.
Mark Wood and Moeen Ali bowled an over each before the break, but overall both Warner and Rogers then treated the bowling on merit and ensured that no damage was done.
Second session was a decent one for Australia. They might have lost David Warner and Steve Smith, but Chris Rogers has ensured that they have kept ticking at a nice rate. Skipper Michael Clarke has now joined him at the crease and survived a couple of edges that did not carry. Rogers, on the other hand, was a picture of calm and poise. He was on 74 at the moment are looking good enough to add a few more.
Australia were 145/2, trailing by 285 runs. They bat deep so it should not be too difficult for them to avoid the follow-on. England, though, need to pick up a couple of wickets and not let partnerships flourish. The last session needed to be interesting and so was it.
It would be suffice to say that it was Moin’s day, after smashing 77 with bat, the young lad sent Smith and Clark off the field, he now has a better strike rate than Swan and Penesar.
In coming Watson and Voges had settled well on the cries and producing runs for visitors when in last moments, Stokes managed to get him caught aat short extra where he had cleverly deployed Anderson. Voges was dejected as he knew he has thrown it away.
The cracking yet productive day ended with visitors half down 264.
Stay tuned for updates from third day.