ROGERS AND OUT: Australian batsman Chris Rogers edges the ball to England wicketkeeper Matt Prior and is caught off the bowling of Graeme Swann.
ROGERS AND OUT: Australian batsman Chris Rogers edges the ball to England wicketkeeper Matt Prior and is caught off the bowling of Graeme Swann. AAP

Wicket has something in it, says Rogers

AUSTRALIA'S top scorer from day one, Chris Rogers, was surprised at just how many demons were in the first-day Adelaide Oval pitch, when reflecting on his innings at stumps yesterday.

Rogers scored 72 before being caught behind to a ball that turned and bounced from Graeme Swann.

Adelaide Oval has been traditionally seen as a batsman's paradise on day one of a Test match.

But Swann and fellow off spinner Monty Panesar showed the slow bowlers can benefit from the drop-in deck as the game goes on.

"It was okay early. I think the wicket played pretty true, but then towards the back end of Shane (Watson's) and my partnership, it started to do a few things," Rogers told ABC Grandstand.

"A bit of reverse swing and the ball started to play a few tricks. Hopefully the wicket is going to break up as it goes along.

"The one that got me spun a lot more than I expected. They got a couple of balls to turn, which is surprising on day one."

Rogers said his team could still register a big score, with the Australians 5-273 at stumps.

"Michael (Clarke) is still at the wicket and that's huge for us," Rogers said.

"If he can get some good support tomorrow with the guys who can attack, then we can put some pressure on them and hopefully get up to 400." Rogers said it was too hard to tell what a par score would be. "At one stage we were thinking 400-500, and then we were thinking back to 300," he said.

"Until we see them bat then we'll have a better judgment."


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