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Ton by Golden Oldie Rogers Puts Australia on Top in Fourth Test

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Chris Rogers became the second oldest Australian to hit a maiden test century as he led his team to 222 for five on the second day of the fourth Ashes test against England in County Durham Saturday.

The gritty left-handed opener nudged and nurdled his way to 101 not out after a four-wicket burst from Stuart Broad had threatened to put England, bowled out without adding to their overnight total of 238 for nine, on top.

Rogers, who turns 36 on Aug. 31, was given good support by Shane Watson (68) as the pair shared a stand of 129 for the fifth wicket on a tricky day for batting.

It was Rogers, though, who took the plaudits by becoming the second oldest Australian to hit his first test ton. Arthur Richardson was 37 when he reached three figures against England at Leeds in 1926.

Rogers, making only his fifth test appearance, needed a generous helping of good fortune at the Emirates Durham and also suffered several nervous moments in the 90s.

Broad, who often blows hot and cold, was in mean and hungry mood and took advantage of overcast skies and a pitch offering extravagant seam movement to remove David Warner (three), Usman Khawaja (nought) and captain Michael Clarke (six).

The day began with England's last man James Anderson being hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Jackson Bird.

England makes inroads with early wicket

Later the same over Bird ended the innings by bowling Anderson for 16, leaving Tim Bresnan undefeated on 12.

It did not take long for England to make inroads at the top of the Australian order, Warner being bowled by an inswinger from Broad that clipped the top of off stump with the total on 12.

There had been no addition to the score when Khawaja could not decide whether to play or leave a delivery from Broad and the ball struck the toe of his bat before going through to Matt Prior.

It was the 200th catch of Prior's career on his 71st test appearance and left him third on the all-time list of England wicketkeepers, behind Alec Stewart (227) and Alan Knott (250).

The home team, 2-0 up in the five-match series, then wasted a video review when Broad hit Rogers in front on the pad but the replay showed the ball had pitched a couple of inches outside leg stump.

Australias Chris Rogers hitting the boundary that gave him his maiden test century yesterday. ReutersCredit: REUTERS