Ashes: Chris Rogers guides Australia to victory

Ashes: Chris Rogers guides Australia to victory

Ashes: Chris Rogers guides Australia to victory

Written by Staff Writer

29 Dec, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Australia completed a dominant eight-wicket victory in the 4th Ashes test before tea on day four, swatting away a toothless England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to take a 4-0 lead in the five-test series.

Chris Rodgers scored a sparkling 116 after being dropped on 19 by England captain Alastair Cook, as the hosts mowed through the 201 runs required at the start of play to finish on 233-2 in fron of an ecsatic crowd of more than 38,000.

Shane Watson struck a boundary to bring up the winning runs and finished unbeaten on 85, with Aussie skipper Michael Clarke on 6.

Australia will head to Sydney for the final match of the series, with the aim of sweeping England 5-0, seven years after Ricky Ponting’s team whitewashed the tourists in 2006-07. Mitchel Johnson was named the man of the match for picking up 8 wickets.

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