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Rogers has Australia on track

Chris Rogers' second half-century of the match helped Australia reach lunch on day four of the fourth Ashes Test on 143-1, meaning they need just another 88 for victory.

The left-handed opener made the most of being dropped on 19 to be undefeated on 81 by the break, following on from his 61 in the home side's first innings at the MCG.

He put on 64 with David Warner, who made 25 before becoming the only wicket to fall in the session, and then an unbroken 79 with Shane Watson, who reached 36 not out.

England will rue the chance that went begging from Rogers off Stuart Broad, captain Alastair Cook unable to cling on to a catch diving to his right at first slip after wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow had opted not to go for it.

The visiting skipper then put down Warner in Ben Stokes' first over, this time shelling a routine catch low down when the opener had 22 to his name.

That miss, however, didn't prove too costly. Stokes got his man soon after when the left-hander feathered an edge through to Bairstow trying to uppercut a short ball over the top of the slips.

Rogers had for once out-scored his opening partner as he understandably looked comfortable on his home ground, even if one of his nine boundaries did come from an inside edge that narrowly missed his off stump.

Watson was cautious to start with before blossoming as the session wore on, including driving Tim Bresnan for back-to-back fours.

Australia added 113 runs in the 27 overs of play, leaving them with a simple equation heading into the afternoon and leaving the tourists requiring a cricketing miracle.