Chris Rogers negotiated a testing opening session © Getty Images
Chris Rogers negotiated a testing opening session © Getty Images

Safe and steady batting by Australia’s opening duo of Chris Rogers and David Warner have enabled their team to score 82 without a loss in the opening session of the final Ashes Test at The Oval. Seamer Stuart Broad and Mark Wood forced a cautious initial approach from the batsmen, before a few boundaries were scored off Ben Stokes, off a half volley and a short ball, to help the Australians gain confidence. After a couple of square drives in the next few overs, smattered around pushed singles and doubles, the visitors seemed have seen off the threat of the opening round. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 1

That threat looked large due to the seamers’ hold over the Australian batting in the last two Tests, and the assisting seaming pitch and overhead conditions. Broad started off bowling short of a length outside off stump to both left-handers, and had them leaving most of these deliveries. In the final ball of the first over of the game, Rogers clumsily attempted a flick off an anomaly of a ball coming into his pads — all the previous five balls had been bowled outside off stump — and survived a leg-before-wicket shout. Besides this chance, Rogers had also edged a Mark Wood delivery to slips, in a testing over, and a few sharp deliveries in the corridor that missed his bat’s edge by a whisker. But his square drives off the back foot, and a cut shot for four off off-spinner Moeen Ali, signalled his control. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 1

Warner also survived an edge that fell just short of the fieldsman at gully, in the 23rd over, but has looked steady. All his four boundaries have arrived off an inaccurate Ben Stokes. The fast bowler has given away six of the eight fours scored in the morning.

This is possible the penultimate international innings of Rogers, as the Middlesex batsman has announced his retirement from Tests alongside Michael Clarke.

Brief scores:

Australia 82 for 0 (David Warner 53*, Chris Rogers 27; Stuart Broad 0 for 8, Mark Wood 0 for 10) vs England

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