The Ashes: Dominant Australia on course for series sweep

Jan 04 2014, 21:22 IST
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SummaryChris Rogers and George Bailey will resume on Day three looking to further inflate the lead.

minutes to get off the mark but had just two runs on the board 14 minutes later when a superb delivery from Siddle had him caught behind by Brad Haddin.

"We knew we had to start well and pick up early wickets, we didn\'t think we\'d get that many, I guess," Harris added.

Debutant Gary Ballance (18) went just after lunch before Jonny Bairstow (18) and Ben Stokes (47) offered some resistance in a partnership of 49 for the seventh wicket.

When they were dismissed in one Siddle over, though, England\'s hopes of any kind of respectable score went with them.

England saved the follow-on and looked like they might just scramble to tea but Johnson returned to the fray and clean bowled Boyd Rankin, the third of the England new caps, for 13 to end the innings and bring up the break.

Stuart Broad, welcomed to the crease by a chorus of boos, scored 30 not out in a late flourish but England needed him to shine with the ball if they had any hope of saving the Test.

Anderson made the first breakthrough for the tourists, though, trapping Dave Warner lbw on his back foot for 16 and having Watson caught behind for nine.

Australia captain Clarke was Broad\'s first victim, feathering an edge behind for six, before first innings centurion Steve Smith (7) got a thicker edge on a Stokes delivery which Cook claimed in the slips.

Opener Rogers kept piling on the runs at the other end, though, and reached his sixth Test half century in his 11th Test with a single before upping the run rate even further.

"I would say it is pretty disappointing today but 326 is way over par on this pitch in my opinion," England batting coach Graham Gooch said.

"So once that\'s score\'s on the board it\'s always going to be difficult and once we got the start we did and lost those early wickets... it\'s going to be tough from here on in from this position."

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