Rogers: Worst day we've had in the series so far

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Batsman Chris Rogers conceded that Friday's three sessions totalled "the worst day we've had in the series so far", as Australia struggled against a dominant England pace attack.

Batsman Chris Rogers conceded that Friday's three sessions totalled "the worst day we've had in the series so far", as Australia struggled against a dominant England pace attack.

The hosts sport an unassailable three-nil lead in the five-match series on the back of big victories in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, but endured a poor second day of the fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

A telling performance with the ball, on the back of left-armer Mitchell Johnson's five-wicket haul, restricted the English to a mere 255 all out. A feeble response from the batsman, though, saw the Aussies slip to 164 for nine.

"A very disappointing day. England bowled well and we were probably a bit careless at times. But it happens and England are still a very good side," said Rogers. "I think it's one of those surfaces that if you bowl in good areas it is hard to score, and to give England credit they bowled very well."

A dogged half-century from the left-handed Rogers, who was floored and bloodied by a short ball from fast bowler Stuart Broad, and a counterattacking 43 not out from wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin offered some fight.

"When you get bogged down you're probably looking for releases and I think a few of us did. Whatever happened, it didn't go our way. It is a little bit two-paced. Some balls seem to go through a bit quicker and others don't so you just have to get yourself in and get a feel for the pace of the wicket. Then hopefully you can score," he added.

"I ducked the wrong one there. It didn't hurt at all for some reason, it probably got me in the right place. It was a bit of a cut from the grill really – I'm fine."

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