Cricket - Rogers ton sends lead past 400

Chris Rogers completed his second century in successive Tests as Australia extended their lead beyond 400 over England at the SCG.

The tourists must therefore make their highest total of a sorry series if they are to escape an Ashes whitewash in this final Test.

Rogers (114no) took the respective century count this winter to an astonishing 10-1 in Australia's favour when he cut part-time off-spinner Kevin Pietersen for his 14th four.

George Bailey fell four short of a second Test half-century, in a stand of 109 with Rogers which helped the hosts to a lunchtime 248 for seven and an overall advantage of 419 on day three here.

Bailey's departure, caught at deep square-leg off Stuart Broad, merely gave Brad Haddin the opportunity to try to pass 50 for the seventh time in the series.

He soon made it clear he was in a hurry to do so as well, with a declaration presumably looming.

Haddin's eyes lit up a little too much when he spotted a Scott Borthwick full toss, though, and he missed the slog-sweep to be bowled off-stump and fall seven runs short of a 500 series aggregate.

Mitchell Johnson also went, for just four, when Ben Stokes clean-bowled him just before lunch - the all-rounder's eighth wicket of the match.