Veteran batsman Chris Rogers admitted to getting frustrated by the lack of chances given to him by national selectors before his shock call-up into Australia?s Ashes squad.
The 35-year-old never gave up hope of adding to his one Test cap, earned back in 2008, but would have come close to throwing in the towel after his consistent performances in Sheffield Shield cricket went overlooked.
But with Australia’s batting woes at Test level combining with a dearth of quality young batsmen making waves in domestic cricket, Rogers’s performances eventually became too much to ignore.
“There was a little bit of momentum for me,” Rogers said, referring to his impressive Shield season where he made 586 runs at an average of 45, leading to calls by Victoria coach Greg Shipperd for national selectors to hand Rogers another shot in the baggy green.
Michael Clarke (captain)
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“I started to get my hopes up, I must admit, and then to get the call yesterday was just delightful and quite a bit of a relief too.
“To know there was one more opportunity to be a part of the Australian side is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to it.”
“The selectors have been going in other directions, which is their prerogative, but in the meantime – I’ve got a little bit frustrated – but now to be a part of an Ashes tour is second-to-none. I’m just delighted.”
Speaking exclusively to Fox Sports News reporter Daniel Garb in London, the left-hander revealed he had already spoken to chairman of selectors John Inverarity about what he hopes to add to the Test side.
“One of the things I spoke to John Inverarity about yesterday was the experience I can bring to the side with my knowledge over here and experiences over here. I guess that can hopefully be seen as a bit of an asset.
“I think I’m in a little bit of a different space to what I was five years ago. I’m a little bit more philosophical about things and just taking the opportunity to really enjoy it.
“I don’t think these opportunities come around too often so I really want to enjoy it.”