Shane Watson was unbeaten on Day Two © Getty Images
Shane Watson was unbeaten on Day Two © Getty Images

Australia will hope for an inspired batting show on third day, as they resume at 264 for 5, trailing by 166 runs in the opening Ashes 2015 Test against England at Cardiff on Friday. Catch Live Cricket Scores and Ball-by-Ball commentary of England (ENG) vs Australia (AUS) Ashes 2015 1st Test at Cardiff, Day 3 here

Chris Rogers scored a sublime 95 — his seventh half-century on the trot — but missed out on a deserving century as the Australian ‘Dad’s Army’ had a decent outing with the bat on the first occasion in this Ashes 2015. Catch Live Blog of England (ENG) vs Australia (AUS) Ashes 2015 1st Test at Cardiff, Day 3 here

Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, David Warner and Adam Voges got the starts but they did not convert them to big scores. Moeen Ali, who scored a crucial 77 as England were folded out for 430, claimed the key wickets of Smith and Clarke to hurt Australia on the second day. READ: Australia’s ‘Dad’s Army’ leader Chris Rogers makes intention clear

England did try all the tricks but the pitch at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff remains a poor one to bowl on. With the new ball the English pacers did get some bounce and carry, but that was it. Moeen did not get much either, and it was the fault of the two Australian batsmen who gifted their wickets to the English spinner. READ: The Moeen Ali conundrum