Ashes - Australia cruise to crushing win

Day four, fourth Ashes Test, MCG - England 1st innings 255 (Pietersen 71, Johnson 5-63), Australia 1st innings 204 (Haddin 65, Anderson 4-67), England second innings 179 (Cook 51, Lyon 5-50). Australia second innings 231-2 (Rogers 116). Australia win by eight wickets and 4-0 lead in the series.

Ashes - Australia cruise to crushing win

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Australia's Shane Watson and Chris Rogers celebrate in Melbourne (Reuters)

A superb Chris Rogers century helped Australia to an eight-wicket win and a 4-0 Ashes lead over England in the fourth Test at the MCG.

The hosts resumed day four on 30-0, with Chris Rogers and David Warner at the crease, and the pair began with positive intent, scoring freely with shots through the off side.

However, they were given a significant advantage after England dropped two simple chances early on. First, Rogers edged Stuart Broad just to the left of wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, but the Yorkshireman stood rooted, and a surprised Alastair Cook could not take the catch at first slip. Shortly afterwards, it was Warner's turn to get an edge, this time off Ben Stokes, but Cook put down one of the easier slip catches you will see.

Stokes eventually made a breakthrough, after Warner edged an uppercut through to Bairstow, but that brought Shane Watson to the crease, who carried on where his colleague left off, and Australia reached 143-1 at lunch.

Rogers reached a superb century just after lunch, but was eventually dismissed after edging behind off Monty Panesar.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke came in to guide his team home - scoring his 8,000th Test run in the process - with Shane Watson, who hit the runs that secured an eight-wicket win and a 4-0 lead in the series.


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43-0 DROPPED! Rogers edges just to the left of Bairstow, but the wicketkeeper doesn't move, and Cook can't take the catch.

52-0 DROPPED! Warner edges straight to Cook at first slip off Stokes, but the England captain inexplicably puts the chance down.

64-1 WICKET! Warner goes, edging an uppercut through to the keeper off Stokes.

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Who will play for England at Sydney? There will be plenty of calls for revolution in this England side, but it is hard to see how they can make wholesale changes for the fifth and final Test at Sydney. It would be tricky to see any of the other three quick bowlers play, given the lack of faith England have had in Chris Tremlett, Boyd Rankin and Steven Finn, while it would put plenty of pressure on Scott Borthwick to throw him straight into the team. Gary Ballance could come in, but for who? Alastair Cook and Andy Flower have an interesting few days ahead.


271,865 people attended the Test over four days at the MCG.

Michael Clarke became the third-quickest Australian to reach 8,000 Test runs. Only Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden were faster.


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