Chris Rogers announces retirement from first class cricket
Australian batsman Chris Rogers has announced his retirement from first-class cricket. The former Aussie opener have had an illustrious career which has ended after him deciding to retire as he played the last county Championship game for Somerset against Nottinghamshire yesterday.
The 39-year old has called off on a high note as he scored centuries in both the innings as he helped Somerset clinch a massive 325 run victory which has taken them to the top of the championship table.
“That’s it for me,” he said. “I have had a good career and to finish off that way is pretty special. I’m getting old. I am going to miss playing and the standing ovation from the crowd was very special, but it happens in all careers and it’s time to move on.
“My overriding feeling is one of immense pride in my team. We were favourites to go down at the start of the season and look where we are now.
“I’ll be texting a few of my old teammates at Middlesex tonight, you can be sure of that. I know what is in their dressing room and I know they will fight all the way against Yorkshire. The title race is out of our hands, but neither side will roll over at Lord’s so it’s going to be interesting.”
Rogers had made his debut for Australia in 2008 against India but had to wait for five more years before he could actually break into the national team.
He became the oldest player to score a debut hundred during the 2013 Ashes series. He made an impact during his short career with the national side as he amassed an impressive 2015 runs in 25 test matches for Australia at an impressive average of 42.
He also boasted an impressive first-class career as he has scored over 25000 runs in 313 first class matches which include 76 centuries and 122 half centuries at an unbelievable average of 49.55 over 17 seasons which began in 1998/99.
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