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England have edge so far

England have the edge after two days of the first Ashes test and Australia cannot afford to concede a big first innings lead after losing five wickets yesterday, opener Chris Rogers said.

Rogers (pictured) hit 95 as Australia, replying to England's 430 all out, ended the second day on 264 for five with the late wicket of Adam Voges leaving the hosts hopeful of turning the screw today.

"England are probably in a happier position at the moment. I think the wicket is going to possibly deteriorate so it could be hard work for us, possibly at the back end," Rogers told a news conference.

"We can't really concede a big deficit otherwise it's going to be a big uphill battle for us. We have to get close and get to a position where we can put England under pressure in the third innings."