The first ball of the innings was a ripper from Anderson which beat Shane Watson all ends up, and the Aussie opener was lucky after an edge from Stuart Broad died two yards short of Cook, who had looked too deep at first slip.

Watson showed that Aussie coach Darren Lehmann had given the newly-instated opener licence to play his shots, and he was going to take it.

Rogers was almost run-out after a hesitation when Watson called for the run from the non-striker’s end, and the Sydneysider was beaten by one from Broad that kept low not long after.

With lunch approaching and the new ball starting swing less, Watson was starting to work out the line, and hammered Anderson beautifully through cover for four on the second to last ball of the innings.

However the Englishman showed how dangerous he could be after he caught Watson’s edge with the next ball, however it fell well short of Swann at second slip.

With the pitch keeping low, and if the English slip cordon continues to sit so inexplicably deep, the Australian batsman should feel more at liberty to play their strokes in the afternoon session.

Earlier in the day: England all-out for 375, Australia need 311 to win

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