Stuart Broad strikes early as the home side look to get back into contention
England have fought back well to have Australia at 75-3 and 163 runs behind their first innings total at lunch on day two of the fourth Ashes Test at Durham Chester-le-Street.
Excellent bowling from Stuart Broad and the rest of the Three Lions’ pace attack saw them climb back into the game, after they were unable to add to their overnight title of 238.
Broad struck first when he removed David Warner in the fourth over, with a ball showing a hint of movement to beat the bat and hit the top of off-stump.
It was not the start Australia were after knocking England over quickly on the second morning as they fell to be 12-1 with Warner gone for three.
Usman Khawaja was next to go with a good-length ball showing late movement with a late edge going through to Matt Prior, continuing the Australian’s below-par series to date.
The number three batsman came and went quickly after being dismissed for a duck after six balls, as the touring side fell to be 12-2 and in early trouble.
Chris Rogers continued to show the good form he gained in the third Test, as he and captain Michael Clarke began to steady the ship.
Broad continued to hit the right length on the Chester-le-Street pitch, as he often caught the Australian batsmen in two minds and on the crease.
It was that lack of movement with the feet that cost Clarke his wicket as he played a loose shot seeing a thick edge to Alastair Cook at first slip as Broad took his figures to 3-23 off seven.
It ended what looked to be a promising partnership, as Clarke walked back to the pavilion with six next to his name as the score on 49-3.
Australia reached the lunch break without the loss of another wicket with the score on 75-3 with Rogers on 41 and Steve Smith with 17 runs next to his name.