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Australia in trouble at 164-9 on day 2 of 4th test

December 27, 2013

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jimmy Anderson took three wickets as part of a dominant England bowling display Friday which left Australia in trouble on 164-9 at stumps on the second day of the fourth Ashes test.

After Mitchell Johnson completed a five-wicket haul to help dismiss England for 255 early in the day and seemingly give the hosts the upper hand, Australia’s top and middle order gave up their wickets cheaply, with Anderson (3-50) dismissing David Warner, Michael Clarke and George Bailey in a disciplined bowling display that offered few scoring chances.

“Days like that have been few and far between on this trip, and we’re really hungry to get something out of this tour and we showed that today,” Anderson said.

Chris Rogers scored a dogged 61 to anchor much of the innings and Brad Haddin provided some aggressive late stroke play, but Australia made just 68 runs at the expense of four wickets in the third session.

“England are on top,” Rogers said. “We have had our worst day of the series. England played very well. They bowled outstandingly and we’re up against it.”

Peter Siddle was dismissed for a duck with the last ball of the day leaving Haddin unbeaten on 43 and Australia trailing by 91 runs.

After an aggressive start, Warner was out for 9 when he got a top edge while attempting to flick the ball down the leg-side, giving Jonny Bairstow his first test catch as wicketkeeper.

Shane Watson offered a thin inside edge off Ben Stokes to Bairstow shortly before lunch to take the gloss of Australia’s dominant morning.

Anderson dismissed Clarke in the only wicket of the middle session and a prolonged spell of miserly bowling paid off for England after tea when Steven Smith was tempted by Stuart Broad’s wideish delivery and edged the ball to Ian Bell at second slip.

Rogers fell short of his elusive Ashes century again when he attempted a rare attacking stroke and sliced a Tim Bresnan ball to Kevin Pietersen at mid-off.

“It’s frustrating,” Rogers said. “I’ve got a few starts but I haven’t gone on with it. It was probably my turn today so that’s what I’m most disappointed with.”

George Bailey played cautiously through 19 balls without score before being given out caught behind for a duck off Anderson after a decision review was upheld by the TV umpire, even though the available vision and Hot Spot technology showed no contact between bat and ball.

Haddin immediately altered the tempo of the batting on coming to the crease, aggressively chasing runs and he looked set to form another of his series-long lucrative partnerships with Johnson before the latter holed out to Anderson at mid-wicket off Bresnan.

That dismissal meant England paid no great price for Anderson dropping a simple chance from Johnson four overs earlier.

Ryan Harris made 6 before being caught by Joe Root off Broad.

“We fielded — or most of the other guys — fielded pretty well all day,” Anderson said. “We dived around a lot, we chased everything. (Alastair Cook) set really good fields, we bowled to those fields and it was a really complete performance.”

Earlier, Johnson — who took two wickets late on day one with the new ball — claimed immediate success on day two, dismissing Bresnan (1) with the first delivery of the morning’s second over and bowling Pietersen for 71 four balls later.

Pietersen, who played an uncharacteristically watchful knock to anchor the England innings Thursday, showed a change of intent by smashing a four off the first ball of the second day.

His more expansive style of play proved his undoing when he attempted a big swing, only to have his stumps scattered by a scything Johnson delivery.

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