Ashes 2015: 7 moments that shaped day two of England v Australia

Ashes 2015: Sam Rogers reflects on the seven big moments from day two of England v Australia in Cardiff

By Sam Rogers

Moeen Ali scored 77 runs and took two wickets as the all-rounder helped put England in charge after Australia finished 166 runs behind the hosts at the end of day two.

Here are the seven big moments from day two of The Ashes.

11.33 GMT With the nightmares of 2013/14 Ashes series still fresh in the memory, England were able to gain one psychological victory as Mitchell Johnson, the chief tormentor 18 months ago, was hit for a boundary which took his figures past 100 runs conceded without taking a wicket. Johnson would finish with 0-111. It was only the third time in his last 29 innings that he went wicketless and became the most-expensive wicketless figures for an Australian since Geoff Lawson (0-114) at Old Trafford in 1985.

12.33 GMT After James Anderson’s dismissal saw England finish on 430 all out, and having seen them put on 87 in 14 overs thanks to Moeen Ali’s majestic 77 from 88 balls, Australia’s openers entered the Cardiff Colosseum and were keen for a fast start. After a few dicey moments, Stuart Broad thought he had Chris Rogers trapped in front, and reviewed the original not out decision immediately. The 37-year-old Middlesex opener was saved, albeit by the finest of inside edges, with hawk-eye having him bang to rights in front of all three.

14.48 GMT After losing David Warner to a fine catch in the cordon by Alastair Cook off Anderson, Rogers moved to a seventh consecutive half-century, putting in very esteemed company. Only Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shiv Chanderpaul and Kumar Sangakkara have achieved the feat in Test history. What would be playing on Rogers mind was the fact he had failed to turn any of the previous six into three figure scores.

15.40 GMT Australia went to tea on 145-2, having lost Steve Smith to a loose shot off Moeen but still happy with the session’s work.

16.28 GMT Rogers makes it seven 50s without converting into a ton after trying to cut a ball too close to his body and only managing to edge behind off the bowling of Mark Wood – the Durham paceman’s first Ashes wicket.

17.10 GMT With Australia teetering at 180-3, the visitors looked to captain Michael Clarke to steady his ship. He and Adam Voges lead their side past 200 well before Clarke chipped a tame caught and bowled chance straight back to Moeen for 38, his side now 207-4.

18.30 GMT Australia would have hoped Voges and Shane Watson could see Australia to the close limiting the damage to two wickets in the final session and build again on day three. As it was, Stokes got one to just stick in the pitch, holding up and forcing Voges to be early on the ball causing him to balloon a catch to Anderson. Watson and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon did make it to the close with their side still 166 in arrears and just five wickets left.

Close of day two: Australia 264-5 (Rogers 95, Clarke 38; Moeen 2-67, Stokes 1-35) trail England by 166 runs

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