Updated: Sunday, 05 January 2014 08:57 | By Agence France-Presse

Rogers reaches century as Australia build big lead

Chris Rogers scored his second century of the series to tighten Australia's grip on the final Ashes Test as they closed in on a 5-0 series whitewash over England in Sydney on Sunday.


Rogers reaches century as Australia build big lead

Australia's batsman Chris Rogers celebrates scoring a century against England on the third day of the fifth Ashes cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2014

The veteran left-hander cut part-time offspinner Kevin Pietersen to the boundary rope for his third Test century -- all of them against England.

Rogers' hundred came off 143 balls with 14 fours, and he shared in a fifth-wicket partnership of 109 with George Bailey, who was dismissed shortly after first-hour drinks when he top-edged Stuart Broad to Scott Borthwick for 46.

Rogers scored 116 in the second innings of the fourth Test in Melbourne.

Bailey's dismissal left Australia 200-5, a lead of 371 runs.

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