Australian Test Opener Chris Rogers confirms his retirement saying Oval Test will be his final Test for Australia in whites.
Rogers, who had indicated before the current Ashes series began it would be his final Test campaign, confirmed to coach Darren Lehmann, captain Michael Clarke and his teammates today in London that this week’s final match at The Oval would be his last for Australia.
“I have had an amazing couple of years playing for Australia and enjoyed it and been part of some pretty special things, but everything comes to an end,” Rogers said at the team’s London hotel today as he prepares for his 25th Test, all but one of which he has played since turning 35.
“You are never 100 per cent sure, but I felt like this (Test starting at The Oval on Thursday) was the last one.
“There’s been a few things, particularly the head issues lately, so I am quite happy to call it a day.
“It’s time for Australian cricket to make a few changes and bring in a few new guys, a few fresh faces.
“It’s going to be a challenging time, particularly for the new guys but that’s part of it.”
Rogers made his debut in 2008 against India at Perth. It was a short stint as he was brought as the replacement for Injured Matthew Hayden. Rogers found it difficult to make the side later. He was called up for the National side during 2013 and had a successful 2 years as an opener.
Rogers has scored 1972 runs in the 24 matches he played with a highly impressive average of 42.86 and was also a part of the Ashes winning team in the year 2013-14 which whitewashed England.