Chris Rogers grinds out maiden century to give Australia the balance in the Fourth Test

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With England all out for a relatively paltry first innings score of 238 in the Fourth Test at Durham, attention turned to the Australian batsmen. After the first two tests saw the Australian order riven with uncertainty and taken to pieces by the England attack, the Third Ashes test witnessed an astonishing revival as the Australians proved masters of the crease. So with England out for such slim pickings – was it the wicket that was treacherous and if so, how would that reflect in the Australian innings?

It seemed that the Australians may in fact be in even deeper trouble than the home side as the morning session saw Stuart Broad wreak havoc amongst the top order. With the tourists seriously struggling at 76-4, England were looking confident and the batting collapse looked imminent until the momentum completely unravelled as they dropped two catches in two overs with Bresnan and skipper Cook both letting the wickets slip through their fingers.

Suddenly everything began to change and Chris Rogers, despite looking decidedly nervy at times dug in and managed to grind out his maiden test century, scoring a superbly hard fought 101 not out. By the time play closed his efforts had helped give Australia the upper hand in a fascinating test match. Broad was by far and away the most threatening of the England bowlers, with Graham Swann also bowling well, but Bresnan failed to present any real menace, and perhaps most worrying of all for the home team was the fact that Jimmy Anderson is struggling to find a rich seam of form since Lords.

But the day belonged to Chris Rogers, who became the second oldest man in Australian history to score a maiden test hundred. It was no mean feat on a wicket that was far from ample in its generosity towards the batsmen. Roll on today’s play

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