Rogers says goodbye to Test cricket

Aware of the fanfare being made about their skipper’s final Test, Chris Rogers’ teammates decided to honour him in the same way Michael Clarke had been honoured during his final Test innings.


So they formed a guard of honour.

Before play on day two, they took up the same formation as England had for Clarke the day before, and gathered in two short lines.

“Come on Bucky,” they cheered as he sheepishly jogged off through their guard of honour, high-fiving teammates along the way.

It said everything about how Rogers is viewed by the playing group, and how sorely he will be missed.

The truth of it all is that Rogers is openly embarrassed at the attention being drawn to his retirement – especially when grouped in with Clarke.

“I feel like a bit of an impostor,” Rogers told ABC Radio after play.

“It’s my last game (and) I’ve played 80 less games than him.

“What a wonderful career and I have a lot of respect for people who can stay in this environment for so long because it’s not as easy as it looks.”

It’s rare for a 25-Test career to be celebrated quite so fondly, but the left-hander is a popular member of the squad, and will be hard to replace in more ways than just his dependable skills at the top of the order.

Prior to his recalled on the eve of the 2013 Ashes, Rogers strongly believed his Test debut against India would be his one and only appearance under a baggy green.

“I never thought I was going to get this second opportunity … to be a part of it is pretty special,” he said.

Against India, in Perth, Rogers notched scores of four and 15 as Australia were beaten by 72 runs.

At that time, Australia was spoiled by the fast-paced, big-scoring Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer combination that had helped them to the pinnacle cricket – and Rogers was quickly cast aside.

The bespectacled grafter was not as popular with the fans, but Australian cricket could certainly do with a 30-year-old Rogers now.

“The way he’s played since he’s been part of the Australian team shows that age doesn’t matter,” Clarke said.

“If you are 19 or 37 and you’re good enough, you are good enough”.

And so as Australia came back after a lengthy rain delay to wrap up a victory on Sunday, Clarke gathered the team together near the boundary rope and gave the stage to Rogers.

Ever the team man, the 37-year-old thanked each player for making him feel so special around the group and for helping him have a wonderful time representing Australia.

“He’s a great man and he deserves all the accolades he gets,” Clarke said.