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Watson edged through to Bairstow for 10 before Michael Clarke inexplicably left an Anderson ball alone, which cannoned into the top of his off stump.

It was only nuggety opener Chris Rogers who managed to make any runs but it certainly wasn’t easy going for him.

Rogers and young Steve Smith batted together for nearly two hours but were only able to put on 48 together at a limpid run rate of just over 2 an over. Then it all came undone for the Aussies, their middle order slumping with three quick wickets coming for just 13 runs. Smith edged a Broad delivery into the slips for 19, before Rogers (61) bizarrely tried to hit Tim Bresnan into the crowd but only managed to spoon the ball to Pietersen at mid off.

George Bailey scratched around without scoring off 18 balls before taking the very finest of edges off an Anderson delivery and suddenly the Aussies were in real strife. Haddin remains not out on 43, having successfully challenged a decision given against him off a Monty Panesar arm ball and is the only chance Australia have of  getting anywhere near 200.

Australia 164/9 at the close, trail England by 91 runs with one wicket remaining.


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