Australia make strong start

The Aussies reached 273/5 at stumps on day one of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Australia's batsman Chris Rogers (C) plays a shot during the first day of the second Ashes Test cricket match in Adelaide on December 5, 2013. Source: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Australia reached 273/5 at stumps on day one of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Opening batsmen Chris Rogers top scored with 72, with half centuries from Shane Watson and George Bailey. Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 2/63.

Rogers, disappointed that he couldn't go on to make a ton, says the delivery that got him out was top class from Graeme Swann.

"If you get to that total, you want to go on and make it count, but that ball spun in out of nowhere.

"If you get in on this wicket you have to make it count, and probably the big disappointment from today was that there were a lot of starts."

Rogers says they've set themselves a target of around 400.

"It's always hard to tell at the end of day one. It felt more like a day three wicket really, so runs on the board are going to be crucial.

"If we can keep going and get 400 it's going to be hard work for England."