Rogers guides Oz to 300-plus lead

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Australia held a lead of 311 runs at stumps on day two of the fifth Ashes Test, on 140 for four, thanks to a half century from Chris Rogers and some dire batting from England's top order.

Australia held a lead of 311 runs at stumps on day two of the fifth Ashes Test, on 140 for four, thanks to a half century from Chris Rogers and some dire batting from England's top order.

A despondent England were all out for 155 runs at tea, leaving Australia with a hefty lead of 171 runs and only Ben Stokes making a meaningful contribution. The Aussies then also lost early wickets, but Rogers' 73 kept things steady.

None of the England top five made more than seven runs, a new record low for the top order, and found themselves on 23 for five after starting the day on eight for one. Stokes' 47 and Broad's 30 prevented a collapse under 100.

Alastair Cook and nightwatchman James Anderson came out in the morning trailing by 318 runs, and Cook fell two balls into the day. He was out for seven, trapped LBW by Ryan Harris, who took three wickets.

Also bagging three were Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson, while spinner Nathan Lyon took the remaining wicket, that of debutant Gary Ballance. He resisted for 51 deliveries for his 18, while fellow debutants Scott Borthwick and Boyd Rankin made one and 13 respectively.

After tea, Australia's second knock got off to a poor start as David Warner was out for 16 off 20 balls for the second time in the match. He was trapped LBW by James Anderson, who then removed Shane Watson for nine a few overs later.

Skipper Michael Clarke again found himself back in the hut cheaply, out for six to Stuart Broad, while first innings centurion Steve Smith added yet another seven-run score to the board.

Thus, Rogers and George Bailey, looking to prove himself after a poor series, made their way to the close against a demoralised England attack. Rogers played some aggressive shots, making his fifty off 66 balls, while Bailey was on 20 at stumps.

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