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Aus openers keep England at bay

<g data-gr-id="20">Chris Rogers</g> and David Warner denied England a wicket on the first morning of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval on Thursday as Australia finally demonstrated a willingness to adjust to English conditions.
Australia <g data-gr-id="17">were</g> 82 without loss at lunch, with Rogers – in his last Test before retirement – 27 not out and fellow left-handed opener Warner 53 not out. 

England went on to win that match by an innings and 78 runs, a victory that saw them regain the Ashes and take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Australia’s ‘responsible’ batting may have come too <g data-gr-id="16">late</g> but it would have been a welcome sight for captain Michael Clarke, also playing his last Test before retirement, after England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss on a green-tinged pitch beneath overcast skies -- conditions akin to those in which he had inserted the tourists in Nottingham.

But Rogers, one of the few Australia batsmen who had been willing to ‘knuckle down’ this series, and Warner were far more watchful on Thursday.

Meanwhile Stuart Broad, who took a sensational eight for 15 in Australia’s first innings at Trent Bridge, was fractionally too wide against batsmen determined not to ‘chase’ the ball after their Nottingham nightmare. The first hour’s play saw Australia 19 without loss in 14 overs, compared to 38 for seven in 11 in 60 minutes at Trent Bridge. Australia’s first boundary of the innings did not arrive until Thursday’s 15th over when the normally aggressive Warner -- who had faced 45 balls without a four -- pulled Ben Stokes through square leg.


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