2nd Test: George Bailey, Chris Rogers fifties take Australia to 273/5 at stumps

George Bailey scored his maiden half-century while Chris Rogers and Shane Watson put on a century stand for the second wicket before both departed in the space of six balls.

updated: December 05, 2013 15:00 IST
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Adelaide: George BaileyA leaping catch by Graeme Swann in the final minutes of play kept England in contention against Australia on the opening day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on Thursday. (Scorecard)

The Australians, one-up in the series, looked in control at 257 for four nearing stumps, before Swann held a flying catch two-handed at square leg to dismiss the dangerous George Bailey for 53.

Bailey had looked set for a substantial score batting with skipper Michael Clarke before he hooked paceman Stuart Broad to Swann, whose brilliant piece of outfielding swung the pendulum towards England on a first day of thrust and parry.

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