Melbourne, Australia (4E Sports) – Chris Rogers recorded a 116 as Australia moved closer to a five-game sweep with an eight-wicket win over England Sunday with a day to spare at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Aside from Rogers, the Australians capitalized on three missed catches by England to knock off the remaining 201 runs they needed to clinch the win in the five-day test.
Rogers’ hundred was only the fourth by an Australia batsman in the fourth innings at the MCG. The last Australia batsman to hit a fourth-innings Test century at the MCG was Andrew Hilditch against West Indies in 1984.
The 36-year-old Rogers also became the oldest Australia opener to hit a Test century since Lindsay Hassett hit a hundred against England at Lord’s, way back in 1953. He’s now the fourth-oldest Australia opener to hit a Test century.
Including this series, the Australians have led England, 4-0, by the end of the fourth Test in their last three Ashes wins.
England was trying to duplicate its 1998 feat when it bowled out Australia for just 162 to win by 12 runs.
However, England created very little chances as Australia, led home by the unbeaten Shane Watson (83) and Michael Clarke (six), cruised to the biggest fourth-innings target at this ground in 51 years.
The final Test in Sydney will start in four days’ time.
Rogers was dropped twice, once on 19 by Alastair Cook at first slip from a catch that wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow should have claimed, and again on 81 when Bairstow failed to get a glove on a low chance to his left.
Rogers also picked up eight boundaries behind square on the off side as he used the pace of the ball to glide run after run away to third man.