Chris Rogers (cricketer)

Christopher John Llewellyn Rogers (born 31 August 1977) is a former Australian cricketer who played for the Australian national team. 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. Rogers holds the record for most half centuries in consecutive innings.[2]

Chris Rogers
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Personal information
Full nameChristopher John Llewellyn Rogers
Born (1977-08-31) 31 August 1977 (age 43)
St George, New South Wales, Australia
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 399)16 January 2008 v India
Last Test20 August 2015 v England
Domestic team information
1998–2008Western Australia
2004, 2008–2010Derbyshire
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 25 313 167 43
Runs scored 2,015 25,470 5,346 627
Batting average 42.87 49.55 36.86 17.41
100s/50s 5/14 76/122 5/36 0/3
Top score 173 319 140 58
Balls bowled 248 24
Wickets 1 2
Bowling average 137.00 13.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/16 2/22
Catches/stumpings 15/– 244/– 74/– 22/–
Source: CricketArchive, 22 September 2016

Despite being colour blind[3] 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.[4]

Early lifeEdit

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.[5]

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.[6]

Domestic careerEdit

He first came to England in 1996 to play in the Devon Cricket 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 the 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.[7] 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,[8] 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 was said to put him at a bigger disadvantage when using the pink ball for the first day-night test against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval),[6][9] 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 the state's one-day team, and joined Victoria for the 2008/2009 season.[8]

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 of the first-class domestic teams that he had represented.[10]

In 2010, after relinquishing the Derbyshire captaincy to Greg Smith, Rogers joined Middlesex for the 2011 season,[11] and was appointed captain of the first-class County Championship side in 2014.[12]

In 2016 he joined Somerset, being appointed captain of the Championship side on his arrival.[13][14] Rogers retired from first-class cricket at the end of the 2016 season; in his final match for Somerset he made twin hundreds in their 325-run victory over Nottinghamshire.[15]

International careerEdit

In May 2007, Rogers was awarded his first national contract with Cricket Australia.[16] 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,[17] and he made his Test debut in the third Test against India at the WACA Ground on 16 January, but the Baggy Green had to be replaced a day later because Rogers' cap was too small, and he unsuccessfully tried to make it bigger to alleviate headaches caused by fielding all day in the scorching heat.[18] 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.[19] His national contract was subsequently terminated in April 2008.[8] Rogers commented that he "didn't see it coming, I'll have to accept it and try to get back in."[8]

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.[20][21] He opened the batting throughout the series, partnering initially with Shane Watson and later with David Warner,[22] and made 367 runs at 40.77 for the series to be Australia's third-highest scorer.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25] 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,[26] 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.[27] 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,[28] which was his only score above 50 in the series where he averaged 30.16.[29] 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.[30]

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.[31] 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.[32]

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.[33] 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,[34] 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 admiration for his watchful, consistent batting at the top of the order; in particular, during the two Ashes series he played in England, he was one of Australia's most consistent batsmen in the seaming and swinging conditions.[35] 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; in only 41 innings together, the pair shared nine century partnerships.[36]

Rogers received a belated sendoff at the 2015 Boxing Day Test where he rode a lap of honour around the MCG and received a mushroom stand to rest his Baggy Green cap.

Coaching careerEdit

In August 2020 Rogers was appointed as the head coach of the Victorian men's team on a two year contract.[37]

Career best performancesEdit

Score Fixture Venue Season
Test 173 Australia v England Lord's, London 2015[38]
FC 319 Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground, Northampton 2006[39]
LA 140 Victoria v South Australia MCG, Melbourne 2013[40]
T20 58 Leicestershire v Derbyshire Grace Road, Leicester 2011[41]


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  2. ^ "Records | Test matches | Batting records | Fifties in consecutive innings |". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Colour-blind Chris Rogers forced to pull out of pink ball trial match". The Guardian. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  4. ^ Why Australia will miss Chris Rogers
  5. ^ For this couple, chess is a game for life, Hindustan Times, 17 November 2013
  6. ^ a b "Hayden sledge spurred Rogers". 16 January 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2008.
  7. ^ Aussie hits double century against Ponting's men Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  8. ^ a b c d "Rogers loses Australian contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 April 2008.
  9. ^ "Day-night Test: Mitchell Starc launches scathing attack on pink ball, new format". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  10. ^ First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Chris Rogers Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Cricket World, retrieved 30 August 2008
  11. ^ "Rogers leaving Derbyshire to join Middlesex". ESPNcricinfo. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Neil Dexter and Chris Rogers to share Middlesex captaincy". BBC Sport. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Somerset becomes Rogers' fifth county". ESPNcricinfo. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Marcus Trescothick: Somerset captain resigns, Chris Rogers appointed". BBC Sport. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Chris Rogers announces first-class retirement". ESPNcricinfo. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  16. ^ Gillespie keeps his contract; Cricinfo; 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
  17. ^ "Rogers added as cover for Hayden". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 January 2008.
  18. ^ "Rogers set for Australian debut". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 January 2008.
  19. ^ "India dent Australia record hopes". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 January 2008.
  20. ^ "Rogers comes in from the cold". ABC. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Australia name Brad Haddin as vice-captain for Ashes series". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  22. ^ 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.
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  24. ^ Daniel Brettig (10 August 2013). "Rogers' maiden ton does job for Australia". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  25. ^ "The Ashes, 2013/14 – Australia / Records / Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
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  28. ^ "Australia tour of South Africa, 2013/14 – South Africa v Australia Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  29. ^ "Records / Australia in South Africa Test Series, 2013/14 – Australia / Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  30. ^ "Records / Pakistan v Australia Test Series, 2014/15 – Australia / Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  31. ^ "Scorecard: 4th Test: Australia v. India at Sydney, 6–10 January 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  32. ^ "Chris Rogers ruled out of first Test against West Indies after suffering concussion in nets training". ABC. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  33. ^ "Rogers set to retire after Ashes series". Cricket Australia. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  34. ^ Australia tour of England and Ireland, 2nd Investec Test: England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 16–20, 2015
  35. ^ Glenn Mitchell (17 July 2015). "Chris Rogers does it his way". The Roar. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  36. ^ Stephen Brenkley (21 August 2015). "Michael Clarke quickly dismissed in final Ashes test". Queensland Times. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  37. ^ "Chris Rogers named Victoria men's head coach". 26 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  38. ^ "Australia tour of England and Ireland, 2015 – England v Australia Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  39. ^ "County Championship Division Two, 2006 – Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  40. ^ "Ford Ranger Cup, 2009/10 – VIC v SA Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  41. ^ "Twenty20 Cup, 2009 – Leicestershire v Derbyshire Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2014.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rikki Clarke
Derbyshire County Cricket Club captain
Succeeded by
Greg Smith
Preceded by
Neil Dexter
Middlesex County Cricket Club captain
Succeeded by
Adam Voges
Preceded by
Marcus Trescothick
Somerset County Cricket Club captain
Succeeded by
Tom Abell