Chris Rogers (cricketer)

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Chris Rogers
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Personal information
Full name Christopher John Llewellyn Rogers
Born (1977-08-31) 31 August 1977 (age 38)
St George, Sydney, Australia
Nickname Bucky
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Batting style Left-hand
Bowling style Leg-break
Role Opening Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 399) 16 January 2008 v India
Last Test 20 August 2015 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1998–2008 Western Australia
2003 Shropshire
2005 Leicestershire
2005 Wiltshire
2006–2007 Northamptonshire
2008–present Victoria
2011–2014 Middlesex
2016–present Somerset
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 25 297 167 43
Runs scored 2,015 24,460 5,346 627
Batting average 42.87 49.81 36.86 17.41
100s/50s 5/14 73/116 5/36 0/3
Top score 173 319 140 58
Balls bowled 236 24
Wickets 1 2
Bowling average 133.00 13.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/16 2/22
Catches/stumpings 15/– 236/– 74/– 22/–
Source: Cricinfo, 23 August 2015

Christopher John Llewellyn Rogers (born 31 August 1977) is an Australian former cricketer who played for Australia at the test level. Rogers is a left-handed opening batsman. He spent ten years playing for Western Australia, before moving to play for Victoria in 2008. He has played county cricket in England for the past ten years for five first-class teams Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Middlesex and Somerset.

Despite being colour blind and short sighted, he maintained a first-class average of nearly 50, yet he did not play for the Australia national cricket team until the age of 30, when he was selected for a single Test match in 2008. He was recalled to the Australia national team for the 2013 Ashes series, aged 35, and over the following two years played a further 24 Tests opening the batting for Australia before retiring after the 2015 Ashes series.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in St George, Sydney, Rogers' father, John Rogers played for New South Wales between 1969 and 1970. He is also a cousin of Australian chess grandmaster Ian Rogers.[3]

Rogers made one Youth Test match appearance, against New Zealand in 1996. Rogers' batting talent had led some to anoint him as the next Australian opener, replacing Justin Langer.[4]

Domestic career[edit]

He first came to England in 1996 to play in the Devon Premier League for North Devon CC under the watchful eye of former Gloucestershire player and Test match umpire David Shepherd. He came back the following year to score a league record aggregate of 1,273 runs but could not save the Instow Club from relegation.

In 2002 he played for Exeter, also in the Devon League and in 2003 he returned to England once again to play for Wellington CC in Shropshire League The welter of runs he contributed saw them move from the Furrow's Shropshire League to the Birmingham League where they were again promoted. He was unable to play Minor Counties cricket but did make one appearance for Shropshire in the Nat West Trophy where overseas players were allowed, but made a duck in his only game.

He made his first trip into English First Class cricket playing for Derbyshire in 2004, where despite suffering from a shoulder injury, played well. He moved to Leicestershire in the second half of the 2005 season, where he averaged over 70, and scored one double-century against the touring Australians.[5] In 2006 he moved to Northamptonshire and immediately made his mark with fifty fours, two sixes, and a final score of 319 from 417 balls against Gloucestershire.

In October 2006 he and Marcus North put on a record domestic third wicket partnership of 459, Western Australia v Victoria, at the WACA. Rogers' score of 279 was the second highest ever by a West Australian, behind the 355 not out that Geoff Marsh scored at the same ground in December 1989. On 5 February 2007 Rogers was awarded the 'State Cricket Player of the Year' prize at the Allan Border Medal presentation.

He returned to Derbyshire for the 2008 season,[6] playing as their overseas player when Mahela Jayawardene declared himself unavailable due to his commitments with Sri Lanka and the Indian Premier League, and has since become the temporary captain after the resignation of Rikki Clarke. Despite being both short-sighted and colourblind (a fact that put him at a bigger disadvantage than the red ball when he was testing for the pink balls ahead of the first day-night test against New Zealand in Adelaide Oval),[4][7] Rogers has proven himself to be a sharp player both at and away from the crease. Rogers has also played for Shropshire, representing them during one match of the C&G Trophy. In 2008, he walked out on the Western Warriors, reportedly over his status as a fringe-player in state's one-day team, and joined Victoria for the 2008/2009 season.[6]

In 2008, Rogers hit 248 not out, carrying his bat for Derbyshire against Warwickshire. The score is the third-highest single-innings total in a first-class match by a Derbyshire player, and the highest score for 62 years. The innings meant Rogers had registered a double century for all four first-class domestic teams that he had represented.[8]

In 2010, after relinquishing the Derbyshire Captaincy to Greg Smith, Rogers joined Middlesex for the 2011 season. Since joining Middlesex he has been appointed captain for the 4 day LV County Championship side, he has scored a double century already in the 2013 season along with 184 showing his class to either save or win the game.

As of 19 August 2015, he has amassed 73 first class centuries, most amongst active batsmen.[2]

International career[edit]

In May 2007, Rogers was awarded his first national contract with Cricket Australia.[9] On 13 January 2008, he was added to the Australia Test squad as a cover for the injured Matthew Hayden, who had torn a hamstring,[10] and he made his Test debut in the third Test against India at the WACA Ground on 16 January.[11] Australia were chasing a world-record 17th consecutive Test victory, but found the going difficult. Rogers scored four runs in the first innings of 212 and 15 in the second innings as Australia unsuccessfully chased a target of over 400.[12] His national contract was subsequently terminated in April 2008.[6] Rogers commented that he "didn't see it coming, I'll have to accept it and try to get back in."[6]

On 24 April 2013 and at age 35, Rogers was named in the 16-man Australian Test squad for the 2013 Ashes tour in England, more than five years after his previous Test.[13][14] He opened the batting throughout the series, partnering initially with Shane Watson and later with David Warner,[15] and made 367 runs at 40.77 for the series to be Australia's third-highest scorer.[16] Rogers scored his maiden Test century in the first innings of the fourth Test, in difficult seaming conditions at the Riverside International Cricket Ground, Durham.[17]

Following his success in England, Rogers held his place as an opening batsman for the next two years. In the return Ashes series in the 2013/14 summer, Rogers scored 463 runs at 46.30 to again be Australia's third-highest scorer.[18] He scored his second Test century, and his first on Australian soil, in Australia's successful fourth-innings run-chase in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground,[19] and he backed that up with his third Test century in the second innings of the New Year's Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a score of 119.[20] He then scored a rearguard century of 107 against South Africa in the second innings of the second Test in Port Elizabeth in February 2014,[21] which was his only score above 50 in the series where he averaged 30.16.[22] A two-Test series in the UAE against Pakistan in late 2014 was the leanest of Rogers' career, managing only 88 runs at 22.00.[23]

Rogers returned to form during the 2014/15 summer, scoring 417 runs at 52.12 in the four-Test home series against India. He failed to score a century in the series, but managed consecutive half-centuries over his last six innings.[24] He toured with Australia in its 2015 tour of the West Indies, but missed both matches with concussion after being struck in the head during a net session.[25]

Rogers returned from his concussion the following month for the 2015 Ashes series in England, which he had announced before the tour would be his last before retiring from international cricket.[26] He extended his sequence of consecutive Test half-centuries to a record-equalling seven innings in the first Test at Cardiff, before being dismissed for ten in the second innings. He batted through the entire first day on his way to the highest score of his Test career (173) in the first innings of the second Test at Lord's,[27] and made an unbeaten 49 before retiring hurt in the second innings after suffering a dizzy spell. He finished the series with 480 runs at 60.00, the highest average across both teams, and was awarded Australian Player of the Series.

Despite a relatively short career of 25 Tests, Rogers retired having gained an admiration for his watchful, consistent batting at the top of the order; and in particular, during the two Ashes series he played in England, he was one of Australia's most consistent batsmen against the English seaming and swinging conditions.[28] For all but the first few Tests of his international career, he formed a successful opening partnership with David Warner, generally playing an anchoring role to Warner's more aggressive style; and in only 41 innings together, the pair shared nine century partnerships.[29]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Chris Rogers' Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 110 5  England United Kingdom Chester-le-Street, England, United Kingdom Riverside Ground 2013 Lost
2 116 10  England Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2013 Won
3 119 11  England Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2014 Won
4 107 13  South Africa South Africa Port Elizabeth, South Africa St George's Oval 2014 Lost
5 173 22  England United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Lord's Cricket Ground 2015 Won

Career Best Performances[edit]

as of 23 August 2015

Score Fixture Venue Season
Test 173 Australia v England Lord's, London 2015 [30]
FC 319 Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground, Northampton 2011 [31]
LA 140 Victoria v South Australia MCG, Melbourne 2013 [32]
T20 58 Leicestershire v Derbyshire Grace Road, Leicester 2011 [33]


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  2. ^ a b Why Australia will miss Chris Rogers
  3. ^ For this couple, chess is a game for life, Hindustan Times, 17 November 2013
  4. ^ a b "Hayden sledge spurred Rogers". 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  5. ^ Aussie hits double century against Ponting's men Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on 15 January 2008.
  6. ^ a b c d "Rogers loses Australian contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Day-night Test: Mitchell Starc launches scathing attack on pink ball, new format". Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  8. ^ First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Chris Rogers, Cricket World, retrieved 30 August 2008
  9. ^ Gillespie keeps his contract; Cricinfo; 2007-05-01. Retrieved on 2008-04-29.
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  11. ^ "Rogers set for Australian debut". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "India dent Australia record hopes". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 January 2008. 
  13. ^ "Rogers comes in from the cold". ABC. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Australia name Brad Haddin as vice-captain for Ashes series". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Conn, Malcolm (2 July 2013). "Darren Lehmann confirms Chris Rogers will open batting for Australia in first Ashes Test". Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Ashes, 2013 – Australia, Records, Batting and Bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  17. ^ Daniel Brettig (10 August 2013). "Rogers' maiden ton does job for Australia". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Ashes, 2013/14 - Australia / Records / Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
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  20. ^ "England tour of Australia, 2013/14 – Australia v England Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Australia tour of South Africa, 2013/14 – South Africa v Australia Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Records / Australia in South Africa Test Series, 2013/14 - Australia / Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Records / Pakistan v Australia Test Series, 2014/15 - Australia / Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  24. ^ "Scorecard: 4th Test: Australia v. India at Sydney, 6–10 January 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "Chris Rogers ruled out of first Test against West Indies after suffering concussion in nets training". ABC. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "Rogers set to retire after Ashes series". Cricket Australia. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  27. ^ Australia tour of England and Ireland, 2nd Investec Test: England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 16-20, 2015
  28. ^ Glenn Mitchell (17 July 2015). "Chris Rogers does it his way". The Roar. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  29. ^ Stephen Brenkley (21 August 2015). "Michael Clarke quickly dismissed in final Ashes test". Queensland Times. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  30. ^ "Australia tour of England and Ireland, 2015 - England v Australia Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  31. ^ "County Championship Division Two, 2006 - Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  32. ^ "Ford Ranger Cup, 2009/10 - VIC v SA Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  33. ^ "Twenty20 Cup, 2009 - Leicestershire v Derbyshire Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Neil Dexter
Middlesex County cricket captain
Succeeded by
Adam Voges