Second Test, Brisbane: Day 2 – Rogers breaks the drought

Josh Hazlewood and Chris Rogers have put Australia in a good spot on Day 2 in Brisbane. Images: ABC Grandstand

Josh Hazlewood and Chris Rogers have put Australia in a good spot on Day 2 in Brisbane. Images: ABC Grandstand

The New Daily: Maligned Australian opener Chris Rogers issued a timely reminder of his value to the top order, compiling a fighting 55 in the middle session on Day 2 in Brisbane.

Australia finished the day on 4/221 when bad light stopped play. Steven Smith’s unbeaten run in this series continues, his tally now sitting at 279 runs scored and the Indian bowlers no closer to removing him.

In the morning session, Josh Hazlewood had capped a memorable debut with the ball, becoming the first Australian quick to take five wickets on debut since James Pattinson three seasons ago. He finished with 5/68, and bowled superbly to spearhead the attack, as India were all out for 408 on Lunch.

Much had been made of Rogers’ run of form coming into the Test, and with the national selectors choosing to look to the future in naming Smith the new Australian Captain, many wondered whether the push for youth might extend to other players in the side.

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