Ashes: Chris Rogers believes Adelaide Oval will serve up a result
Australia opener Chris Rogers claims the Adelaide Oval pitch is offering more for the bowlers than was first feared.
Last Updated: 05/12/13 10:17am
The drop-in pitch for the second Test looks flat and beautiful to play on - and second-wicket stand of 121 between Rogers and Shane Watson on day one appeared to support the pre-match assumptions that it would be batsman-friendly.
However England fought back brilliantly to hold Australia to 273-5 at stumps - and things could have been so much better for the tourists had they not dropped chances to dismiss Michael Clarke, George Bailey and Brad Haddin.
Rogers, though, believes the curator at Adelaide has definitely produced a result wicket.
"I thought they bowled well in patches and made us work hard for it," he told Sky Sports.
"You can say poor shots but these things happen.
"I think it feels more like a day three wicket than a day one wicket and also there was some surprising turn at times. I think this game is not going to be a draw, there will be a result.
"You have got to think about your scoring areas and how the opposition are going to attack you. It is probably better for batting here and if you get in you have to grind hard and get as many as you can."
Having made such a good start after winning the toss and opting to bat, Rogers admits Australia had been looking to turn the screw.
However it will now be left to the lower order to post a testing target for England.
"It has been an interesting one," said Rogers.
"At 1-155 we were thinking 400, 500 was on the cards but then a few tricks started happening and they got a few wickets so we then thought maybe 300.
"We have got a good tail, though, so hopefully we can push on and I think 400 would be a good score."
Rogers finished the day as Australia's top scorer, with the 36-year-old opener reaching 72 before he was caught behind off Graeme Swann.
However having managed just one and 16 in the first Test, he was pleased to be back amongst the runs.
"I think I was under a bit of pressure after the last game and a technical flaw had crept into my game," he added.
"I had some time to iron that out and I felt a bit better at the crease today."