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Rogers eyes up Ashes finale

January 04, 2015 09:39:03 UK

Veteran Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers will call time on his Test career following the Ashes series in England in the summer.

The 37-year-old left-hander has been a key figure in the re-emergence of the Baggy Greens in the Test match arena in the last 18 months, but, having taken to the international stage late in the day, Rogers accepts that his time is nearly up.

Ahead of the fourth and final Test against India, Rogers confirmed: “You never say never, but I kind of looked at the future and thought the England series and what England has meant for me would be a nice way to finish, so hopefully I can get through to the Ashes.

“I think you get to a point where touring can be quite difficult. Playing a lot of cricket can kind of get to you a little bit in the end.

“I’ve been fairly open about it and I guess in some respects after England I think with the series coming up, maybe that would be a good time for a newer player to come in.

“I think personally a new guy trying to play in the Ashes in England would be very difficult.”

Rogers goes into the final Test against India in Sydney on the back of four consecutive half-centuries in Brisbane and Melbourne, although his highest score in those four knocks is only 69.

The left-hander can be backed at 5.50 to be his side’s top first innings batsman at the SCG, with fellow opener David Warner 3.75 and stand-in captain Steven Smith 3.75.

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