Chris rogers scored a fluent 95 © Getty Images
Chris rogers scored a fluent 95 © Getty Images

Chris Rogers scored a splendid 95 as Australia’s ‘Dad’s Army’ had a decent show with the bat in their first outing in Ashes 2015. Devarchit Varma analyses the performance of the senior Australian batsmen on the second day of the opening Test at Cardiff. SCORECARD: England vs Australia 1st Ashes 2015 Test at Cardiff

A jibe that was taken slightly seriously by Australia’s captain Michael Clarke may actually work for his men; the seasoned campaigners in their mid-30s, searching for that elusive Ashes win in the Old Blighty. Jason Gillespie may have tried offering England some advice on how to tackle this bunch of Australians who can be rampant at the top of their performance, but it seems to have worked a little in favour of the touring party. READ: England limit Australia to 264/5 on Day Two of 1st Ashes Test at Cardiff

Chris Rogers stayed away largely from Australia’s build-up for Ashes 2015. He missed the West Indies tour due to concussion and it looked like Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges will give him tough fight for the opening slot. But Australia persisted with him — probably banking on his experience in England — and Rogers paid back with a very fluent innings that laid down the platform for a strong start.

Rogers did not get bogged down by the pressure that England tried to create early on with the new ball. He kept scoring at a brisk rate and for a major duration he outscored his usually aggressive partner David Warner. Rogers played strokes throughout the park (including the first six of his Test career). Most importantly, he did not take any unwanted risk, which helped him to notch up his seventh half-century in Test cricket on a trot.

It was very unfortunate for him to have missed out on a century, but Rogers and Australia can at least remain content that one of their batsmen has shown the form for a big score on this tour. Rogers paid the price of being a little aggressive towards the end of the innings, but nevertheless, it was a fine knock. READ: Chris Rogers falls for 95 against England in 1st Ashes 2015 Test at Cardiff

Clarke may have not troubled the scorers much but there was application and determination in his 38. There was no flurry of strokes around the park, but whatever time Clarke spent on the crease he looked fit enough and in rhythm for a big knock.

Adam Voges spent more than enough time on the wicket as he scored 31 off 75 balls, but in hindsight Australia would have liked him to have scored a little more aggressively. With only four boundaries in his innings, Voges also showed England that he, in a technique not too different from Shane Watson’s, tends to bring his front foot forward, more often in front of the wickets.

Watson did not attract much confidence, but the fact that he managed to stay on till stumps highlights that he wants to cement his position as an all-rounder. His real test will be on the third day when Australia will need one of their remaining batsmen to drop anchor and play a key role in reducing the deficit of 166 runs in the first essay.

While most of the ‘Dad’s Army’ members squandered their starts, but they spent quality time in the middle, which would certainly boost their confidence going ahead into this series.

(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)