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  1. Stokes removes Voges (31) late in day
  2. Rogers 95 - seventh Test fifty in a row
  3. Moeen 77 & two wickets
  4. Ashes Social on Radio 5 live at 21:00 BST
  5. VOTE: Who is on top after day two?

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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And so we come to the end of the day - one that has belonged to England. 86.8% of you think that England are on top in this match. I think you might be right. Goodnight.

Player's view

Moeen Ali on his bowling: [England coach] "Trevor Bayliss is big on bowling all your varieties and I started to bowl the doosra. I haven't been bowling that well anyway so I thought 'why not?'"

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WooderZ: I fancy Watson to get a big score tomorrow and Australia to be all out trailing by about 50. Can't wait to see more!

Cardiff has emptied, just a few seagulls swoop over the blue seats. Don't forget that we'll be back from 09:00 tomorrow with all the build-up to the third day.

Player's view

England all-rounder Moeen Ali on Sky Sports: "We were happy yesterday and today with the start we had, and then taking five wickets. A couple of wickets tomorrow with the new ball and we're right in it.

"Cooky said for everyone to play the way they play, I felt I wanted to play my shots and entertain everyone. It's difficult to play shots straightaway, you have to get in but then you can enjoy your batting."

'Moeen Ali is the bearded David Gower'

Moeen Ali graphic

Listen to the Ashes Social on BBC Radio 5 live at 21:00 BST - hosted by Will Perry, with former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve, Australian cricket writer Gideon Haigh and analyst Simon Hughes. They will discuss...

  • Moeen Ali's form with bat and ball
  • Chris Rogers and the nervous 90s
  • Captains Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke's performances so far

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Don't forget, there are only 10 overs tomorrow morning until the new ball is due. England will fancy their chances of getting into the Australian tail.

'It's a young man's game'

Chris Rogers, who will retire from Test cricket at the end of the series: "I'm old - I can feel it. Days in the field are hard work. Sometimes you think it's a bit of a young man's game."

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Dan Stutchbury: Think that was rather a good day for England. Well bowled lads.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"There is a lot of time left for England to win it. I'll be surprised if Australia get up to England's total. It can happen - someone can play brilliantly and Watson is a good player, but he has been known to struggle if you bowl straight around his pad. I think by the afternoon England will be batting, they will have a lead and we're only halfway through so England still have a chance of winning. They are in it, really in it."

Vote - who is on top?

Mark Wood
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Who do you think is on top after day two of the first Ashes Test?

Vote on the top-right-hand side of the page or under the 'vote' tab on mobile devices.

The vote will close at 19:00 BST with results published shortly after.

Terms and conditions.

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Srihari: The tail was what caused England problems in the last Ashes. If they can take a lead of 100, the game will be theirs to lose.

Player's view

Chris Rogers, who top-scored for Australia with 95: "It was an excellent day of Test cricket - both teams are going at each other really hard.

"I think England might have a slight advantage. We had some good partnerships but we didn't make it count."

On Australia batting last: "It is a worry. We're going to have to play a good game from here on in. It's going to be tough work and we have to get a lot closer to England."

Player's view

Australia batsman Chris Rogers, who made 95 - a record-equalling seventh Test half-century in a row, on Sky Sports: "I woke up pretty nervous this morning. It's such a big series - and my last series. And I don't start series well so it's nice to start off OK.

"I'm planning to just really enjoy this. These are opportunities you won't get again, so you need to make the most of them."

Australia steadied through Adam Voges and Shane Watson, absorbing England's miserly bowling. Just when it looked like they might get to the close, Voges popped Ben Stokes to short cover to give England a fifth wicket and the upper hand.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"The best thing about England was that they understood the conditions better - don't keep banging it in; the short ball should be a surprise ball. The field placings by the captain, with a lot of men on the drive - which puts things in the batsman's mind and stifles you - England got it dead right. The Australians didn't bat with a lot of common sense. They came out trying to take Moeen on - that's alright to a point but he's no mug."

When Rogers edged Mark Wood behind, England began to tighten their grip. The seamers plugged away, while Moeen managed to winkle out Michael Clarke when the Aussie skipper drilled back a caught-and-bowled. The Worcestershire all-rounder had some day.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Lovely day's cricket. Yesterday I think many of us thought England edged it, today it was definitely their day. Moeen played beautifully - on a rice pudding surface he creamed it through the covers. The scoreboard rattled along and you're always in the game, you've got something to bowl at."

David Warner flickered before edging James Anderson behind, while Steve Smith looked jumpy before somehow chipping Moeen Ali to short mid-on. At the other end, Chris Rogers stood firm for 95.

On an unresponsive pitch, Australia threatened to dig in - most of their batsmen got starts - but England stuck to their task. It's fair to say they have bowled better than Australia did yesterday, with far fewer loose balls.

Close-of-play scorecard


Graeme Swann has called it - England's day. From 343-7 overnight they would have been desperate to get past 400 and, thanks to the early swashbuckling of Moeen Ali, they got there and then some.

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David McNaught: Scoreboard pressure and England bowling as a unit. Perfect recipe. Enjoying this (for now).

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Yesterday it was a bone of contention who'd had the better day. Today it's obvious - England have had a much better day. They scored freely got 430, they got rid of the Aussie dangermen, got that late wicket as well so they've had a great day. Man of the day Moeen Ali, a great crowd today too, Cardiff looking glorious."

Close of play

Aus 264-5

That will be that. Australia stride off on 264-5, some 166 behind. England will probably enjoy their dinner better. With the new ball due in the morning, they could well earn a first-innings lead.

Aus 262-5

Lyon gets an inside edge that Moeen Ali somehow lets go for four. Lyon, jittery, leaves. The clock ticks to half past. One ball left in the day.

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Ben Stokes celebrates

Stuart Mitchell: 100% England's day after that 5th wicket, c'mon get a 6th to ram home the advantage. Wrap it up tomorrow with the new ball.


Aus 258-5

Stokes to Lyon, every fielder catching. Edged! Just short of Joe Root in that silly slip position.

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Joanna B: Oops woke a few tired children when that Voges wicket went. School trip.

Aus 258-5 (Watson 29, Lyon 0)

Still Wood to Watson - how England would dearly love to get the Aussie all-rounder before the close. Short leg, man at short mid-wicket, Wood still angling it in, Watson still at odds with his front leg. Wood, exploding from his run like a sprinter out of the blocks summons one last effort. Watson leaves it be. Maybe only one over left in the day.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"He looked good though, Voges, I always thought he was a Test player whenever I played with or against him, he has the right attitude and temperament."

Aus 258-5 (trail by 172)

Ooohhhh, close, Lyon edging his first ball short of the slips. Joe Root, the fielder, responds by coming much closer. A silly slip, if you will. Stokes, sweat dripping off his red face, has awoken the crowd, who roar him to the crease. Lyon somehow negotiates the rest of the over. Still even? England's day? One more and it certainly will be.

Aus 258-5 (Stokes 10.2-4-29-1)

Adam Voges looks dejected after losing his wicket
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Looking again, Graeme Swann is right. The ball definitely disturbed the surface, sticking in, getting to Voges slower than he might have expected. Australia have sent in Nathan Lyon as nightwatchman.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"This hit a foot hole as well, that puff of dust stopped the ball a bit. If it hadn't hit that puff of dust it probably would have gone for four because it was a half volley. England will be cock-a-hoop with that, it has woken the crowd up, it has woken us up."


Voges c Anderson b Stokes 31 (Aus 258-5)

Ben Stokes celebrates

Adam Voges, what have you done? After all that good work, Voges has fallen on his sword just before the close in the softest manner. Ben Stokes is rewarded for his patience, hanging the ball outside off stump, with Voges somehow belting it straight to James Anderson at short cover. England will feel like they deserve that. The pendulum swings in their direction.

Aus 258-4 (Wood 15-2-59-1)

Funny old passage of play, with Watson missing a Wood bumper, Jos Buttler not gathering and a bye being taken. This match has been tough for the keepers. Are Australia just riding this spell of England pressure? If they get to the close only four down and 160 behind, who will be on top? About equal?

Aus 256-4 (Voges 30, Watson 28)

Ben Stokes reacts

We often talk of Ben Stokes being expensive, but this spell has been accurate and miserly. A bandage on his right arm, Stokes pounds the off-stump channel of Voges, who looks like a man playing with tomorrow in mind. Even when Stokes gets loose down the leg side, Voges can't tuck in. Ah, that's the loose shot England have been after. A wide ball, wafty from Voges, an edge to third man for four. Much hand on head from the England fielders. In this spell, Stokes' figures are 5-3-7-0.