Apr 242013

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Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers during his one and only Test match for Australia in 2008. Source: PerthNow

CHRIS Rogers has come a long way since scoring his maiden double-century in 2005.

It’s a knock he describes as his favourite innings, mainly because it came against Australia when he was playing for Leicestershire during an Ashes tour match.

“It was a fantastic moment that helped my cause and gave me a little bit of a name,” Rogers said from England, where he is currently playing for Middlesex.

Despite going on to score nearly 10,000 runs in his almost decade-long stint in England that began in 2004, Rogers has only ever played one Test for Australia, against India in Perth in 2008.

But the opening batsman, who turns 36 this year, has been rewarded for his form by being included in Australia’s touring Ashes squad. While he would prefer to continue at the top of the order for Australia, he would be happy to slot in anywhere.

“They see me as someone who can come in and maybe offer something different with all the experience I have over here,” Rogers said.

“I’d love to open, but I’ve batted a fair bit at three for Middlesex so I’d be happy to do any role that’s asked of me. With all the experience behind me I can go into this tour and not be too intimidated by the big names. I’ve played against them all before.”

Rogers said he feared he would never get another chance to play for Australia.

“When it looked like the selectors were going in a different direction, perhaps along younger lines, I probably got a bit down about things and probably mentioned to people close to me that I didn’t think I’d get another go,” he admitted.

“I guess the fact that I’ve been playing quite well for a period of time has probably helped my cause.”

It’s been five years since he made his Test debut and Rogers says he’s much calmer now. He plans to prepare for the series in the same way he would for any other match.

“I look back at that Test match and it feels like a bit of a whirlwind. I don’t remember a lot about it, to be honest,” Rogers said.

“This time there’s a period where I can settle in and get to know the guys and enjoy myself and really take in the whole experience, so I’m a lot more calm about it this time.

“I’m excited, but I know there a job to be done so I won’t get too philosophical about it.”

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