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Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game five of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on March 13, 2019 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game five of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on March 13, 2019 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Usman Khawaja Revealed Facing Racism During Early Days As A Cricketer

Usman Khawaja revealed that many told him that he would never make it at the top because of his skin colour, as he revealed having faced racism during his early days as a cricketer.

Usman Khawaja became the first Muslim cricketer to play for Australia at the highest level when he made his Test debut in the 2011 Ashes. His achievements inspired several others like him to take up the sport as a profession but the batsman’s journey to the top wasn’t the easiest.

Usman Khawaja .© AFP
Usman Khawaja .© AFP

Usman Khawaja Revealed The Ordeal He Went During Early Days

Usman Khawaja, who came to Australia from Pakistan in the 1990s, did face racism during his early days and was even told that he would never make it to the national team. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, he revealed the ordeal he went through during those days.

“When I was younger in Australia, the amount of time I got told I was never going to play for Australia, I’m not the right skin colour was immense. I’d get told I don’t fit the team, and they wouldn’t pick me. That was the mentality, but now it’s starting to shift.”, he said.

Usman Khawaja. CREDIT:AAP
Usman Khawaja. CREDIT:AAP

Australia has a decent population of people from the sub-continent. Seeing Usman Khawaja rise through the ranks, many came up to him and praised him for taking the path despite it being a route of extreme resistance.

“When I started being more involved in cricket, people with subcontinent heritage in Australia came up to me and said, “we’re so happy to see you at the top. Seeing someone like you, we feel we’ve got a part in the Australian team, and we support the Australian team. We didn’t do it before, and we do it now,” said Khawaja.

Born in Pakistan, Usman Khawaja moved with his family to Australia when he was a young boy, and in the 2011 Sydney Ashes Test became the first Muslim to play for Australia.

A classy left-hander in the languid style of David Gower, Usman Khawaja won further Test opportunities from 2011 to 2013 but never quite kicked on beyond his regularly appealing starts. Dropped during the 2013 Ashes, he earned another recall in 2015 for the home series against New Zealand following the retirements of Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers.

Usman Khawaja Initially Didn’t Support Australia But Has Played 44 Tests, 40 ODIs And 9 T20Is For Australia

The Islamabad-born even admitted that he didn’t support Australia (in cricket) in the beginning as he didn’t quite connect with the team then. It took him time to adapt before he could leave his background behind and be what he is at present.

“And that kept happening over and over and over again. The more that happened, I realised my background does matter, and it does make a difference. And then I realised from my childhood it probably took me a while to support Australia. I didn’t really support Australia when I first went [from Pakistan] because I didn’t really get it,” he added.

Usman Khawaja - R. V. MOORTHY
Usman Khawaja – R. V. MOORTHY

Usman Khwaja had since played 44 Test, 40 ODI and 9 T20I matches for Australia. The 34-year-old left-hander may be recalled to the Australian team. Usman Khawaja, who has scored 2877 runs in 44 Tests at an average of 40.66, has not played for Australia since August 2019. His last T20I came in 2016 and his last ODI was in July 2019 during World Cup.

But Usman Khawaja’s subcontinent demons were finally put to rest in the UAE in 2018 when he made an epic match-saving century against Pakistan in Dubai. He became Australia’s most senior batsman while Steve Smith and David Warner were banned following the ball-tampering scandal and settled himself in the ODI team with two outstanding tours of India and the UAE in 2019, making his first two ODI centuries to ensure selection in the 2019 World Cup squad.

James Pattinson
James Pattinson
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James Pattinson Has Set His Focus On His 3rd Ashes Series In 2021-22

James Pattinson, Australian pacer has set his focus on getting ready ahead of the Ashes 2021-22, which will be his 3rd Ashes series while acknowledging that he won’t make it to the Australian T20I squad any time soon.

James Pattinson has conceded that a spot in the Australian squad for the upcoming T20I World Cup 2021, in India during the October-November window, is long odds given that he hasn’t been a part of the limited-overs side in several years. In fact, the last time James Pattinson appeared in a T20I for Australia was way back in 2012 and he played his last ODI in 2015.

James Pattinson
James Pattinson. (Photo Source: Twitter)

James Pattinson Is Feeling Confident To Perform Well In The Ashes At 30 Years Age

The injury-hit James Pattinson, who last donned the Australian whites in January last year, has his eyes set and is ready for his third Ashes series, scheduled to be played at home at the end of the year. James Pattinson, who will be leading the Victoria side this week in the Sheffield Shield, is feeling confident at the age of 30 even though injuries have only allowed him to play 21 Test so far in almost 10 years since his debut.

“In terms of my body it probably feels the best that it has and in terms of my back – it’s come really good. There’s plenty of time, I’m only 30 now. There’s obviously the Ashes next year, which is probably the next challenge,” Pattinson said.

“I’d love to play all formats but I haven’t played (enough) T20 cricket. I’ll be focusing more on pre-season and putting all my eggs in trying to get ready for the Ashes.”

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

James Pattinson, who missed out on featuring in the home series against India recently, has spoken about the frustrations of the bio bubble life.

“You’re sitting in a hub and you’re 12th or 13th man for Australia – which is fantastic – but … you’re missing out on playing cricket. You’re bowling in the nets and at times it can be frustrating as a 30-year-old when you’ve done a lot of that already,” Pattinson added.

The last time James Pattinson was wearing whites at the MCG, the firebrand paceman declared he was a year away from recapturing his best bowling form. It shaped as an ominous warning given he had just taken six wickets in Australia’s 2019 Boxing Day Test win over New Zealand, including skipper Kane Williamson in both innings.

James Pattinson Last Played Test Against The Kiwis In January 2020 And Skipped IPL 2021 To Be With His Family

Some 15 months on, it is cold comfort that Victoria coach Chris Rogers attests that James Pattinson is now bowling better than ever, given he was confined to the nets for this summer’s first two Tests against India before a fluke injury ruled him out of contention for the last two games.  But with the tour to South Africa cancelled and no Test cricket on the horizon until next summer, the right-arm pacer once again has an eye on the future.

James Pattinson In IPL
James Pattinson In IPL (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Conceding that his hopes of a T20 World Cup berth have been curtailed by his decision to skip the Indian Premier League 2021 for being with his family, James Pattinson says a return to the Baggy Green for next summer’s Ashes is now his major long-term goal. The pacer last played a Test match in January 2020 against New Zealand and he was benched for the entire series against India as Australia played all 4 Tests with their three first-choice pacers in Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc, with Camron Green as the all-rounder.

Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
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Will Pucovski Set To Be Sidelined For 6 Months Due To Shoulder Surgery

Will Pucovski, Australian opener is set to be sidelined for up to six months to undergo reconstructive surgery on his injured right shoulder.

The Australian Test batsman who played a solitary Test will undergo surgery on his right shoulder next week and is likely to be sidelined for up to six months. Will Pucovski, who made his debut in the third Test match against India in Sydney had suffered a shoulder subluxation injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the Sydney game.

Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Will Pucovski Won’t Be Part Of Remainder Of The Australian Domestic Season And Will Not Play If Australia Qualifies For WTC Final

Victoria coach Chris Rogers has said that Will Pucovski pulled up sore in a practice session, which ruled him out of the Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales.

He had a great start to the domestic season, accumulating two double tons in the Sheffield Shield but was laid low by a concussion in a tour game against India. Incidentally, he has a long history of concussion-related injuries.

“The medical advice is this is the best way forward for Will to prepare him for the 2021-22 season,” said Cricket Victoria’s General Manager of Cricket Shaun Graf.

Chris Rogers (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Chris Rogers  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

“We’ll work closely with Will throughout his rehabilitation and look forward to seeing him back playing for Victoria and Australia later this year.”

Will Pucovski played 1 Test only scoring 72 runs with a fifty and his highest was 62. This injury and subsequent surgery mean that he will not be part of the remainder of the Australian domestic season and will be unavailable for Australia if they do qualify for the World Test Championship final mid-year against already qualified New Zealand.

Australia can make the final of WTC if England wins by 1-2 or if the series ends in a draw (1-1 or 2-2). Australia will play ODIs and T20Is against New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh before the Ashes from November 2021 to January 2022. The Ashes will comprise of 5 Tests and will happen after T20I World Cup.

Will Pucovski Missed First 2 Tests Against India Due To Concussion And Scored A Fifty In 3rd Test Before Injuring His Shoulder

The debutant injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in the 3rd Test at Sydney against India. He missed the first two Tests against India due to a concussion injury but scored 62 and 10 in the 3rd Test after making his debut.

Will Pucovski (AAP)
Will Pucovski (AAP)
He has played 23 first-class matches where he amassed 1744 runs averaging 54.5. He hit back-to-back double tons for Victoria against South and West Australia.

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Glenn Maxwell
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Glenn Maxwell Is In Prime Of His Career And Wants To Play Test Cricket Again

Glenn Maxwell has declared he still wants to play Test cricket and hopes that the opportunity comes next year when Australia has three tours through Asia.

There had been confusion in Victorian ranks as to whether he still wanted to play red-ball cricket. He had suggested that he had bid adieu to Tests but Victorian coach Chris Rogers, who last week said he had been surprised by Glenn Maxwell’s comments.

Chris Rogers (Getty Images)Chris Rogers (Getty Images)

Glenn Maxwell Keen To Play Red Ball Cricket

Ahead of the 5 matches of the T20I series in New Zealand, Glenn Maxwell could not have been clearer about his desire to return to the Test ranks, after having played the last of his seven Test matches in a Baggy Green back in 2017 in Bangladesh.

“I am certainly keen to still play red-ball cricket, still push my case forward to still play Test cricket. I feel like I am still very much in the prime of my career. I am only 32, there is still a fair bit in me,” he said.

“I am fit, young – feeling still anyway. I feel I still have a lot to give in the red-ball game so I am not done and dusted there.”

Glenn Maxwell played the last of his seven Tests, all overseas, in 2017. Averaging a modest 26.07, he posted a maiden Test century against India in Ranchi in 2017 and later played in the two Tests in Bangladesh but hasn’t been given the opportunity to play in Tests since. He is seen by some to have a weakness against the short ball, which is an area of his game he has worked to combat.

Glenn Maxwell celebrates his century in a Test against India (AFP)
Glenn Maxwell celebrates his century in a Test against India (AFP)

Ausralia’s slated tours of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India next year, where pitches are likely to be slow and help spinners will suit his sometimes unorthodox style and could give him the opportunity to display his all-round abilities for he also offers handy off-spin and brilliant fielding.

“Next year there are quite a few sub-continent tours. I feel I could certainly add something to that Test squad if I was selected. I will certainly be doing everything in my power to try and get on those tours,” Maxwell said.

Despite remaining one of Australia’s most important white-ball limited-overs players, he had little chance in recent years to play red-ball cricket for Victoria because of international and IPL commitments. His last first-class match was in October 2019. He missed the opening Sheffield Shield matches this season because he was in the rescheduled IPL 2020 in the UAE, and is one of 35 Australians seeking a lucrative contract in the latest auction for IPL 2021.

Glenn Maxwell: To Pick A Test Side Based On Sheffield Shield Cricket Is A Little Bit Difficult As Pitches In Asia Will Offer More Spin

The T20I series in New Zealand, and the new IPL season 2021 which will begin in the second week of April, will mean Glenn Maxwell should be drafted and play the matches and thereby will have little time to represent his state. However, he made a salient point in that the skills required to handle pitches on the sub-continent are different from those traditionally required when playing red-ball cricket in the home conditions.

“I think even watching this current Test [India v England in Chennai], you are not facing these conditions in Australia, so you are not probably learning a whole lot off Sheffield Shield cricket in Australia,” he said.

“You are not really getting a gauge on what guys are going to be like under that sort of pressure with the ball spinning square, keeping low, bouncing over your head. It’s just a different beast completely.”

“To pick a Test side based on Sheffield Shield cricket is probably a little bit more difficult. I think you are probably going to dial in with a lot more specialists who can adapt to spinning conditions and find a way to score in those spinning conditions.”

Glenn Maxwell - GETTY IMAGES
Glenn Maxwell – GETTY IMAGES

“I am hoping that can put me in good stead even if I don’t have the time on field with the Sheffield Shield. [Hopefully] I can still find a way to play a few more series in the sub-continent over this year [IPL and Twenty20 World Cup] or however long and put my name forward, put up some good numbers and show that I am still a good player of spin.”

While there is a strong white-ball focus for Glenn Maxwell given that there are two T20 World Cups lined up for India (Covid-19 permitting) in 2021 and Australia in 2022, he admitted on Monday that he had discussed the possibility of a Test return with the selectors, as two Tests in Pakistan, two in Sri Lanka and four in India are all on the calendar for the next year. Australia has not played that many Tests in Asia in one year since 2004.

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Joe Burns Is Under-pressure After Repeated Failures With Bat: Chris Rogers

Joe Burns, the opener of Australia is under pressure to score runs according to Chris Rogers, who is part of Australia A’s coaching staff.

Joe Burns has been under fire and been criticized for not being able to score runs consistently. He registered scores of 4,0,0,1  in the two practice games against India.

Joe Burns
Joe Burns-Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Joe Burns Under Pressure And Has To Make Most Of the Opportunity: Chris Rogers

The opening batsman has just managed to score 62 runs from nine innings this season. In 3 matches for Queensland, he accumulated just 57 runs in 5 innings in Sheffield Shield averaging a pathetic 11.4. In next 4 innings, he added just 5 runs against India’s strong and potent pace attack.

In the ongoing three-day practice game against the Indians, Joe Burns was dismissed for a duck by Jasprit Bumrah in the first innings and fell plumb before wicket off Mohammed Shami scoring only 1 in second innings but has been included in the Test squad.

In the first tour practice game, he fell to Umesh Yadav after scoring 4 runs in first innings and was clean bowled without scoring in second innings.

“There is some pressure on him, no doubt. He’s not stupid. So he has to make the most of this opportunity, that’s pretty important, and then it’s up to the selectors,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Rogers as saying.

Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers-Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Chris Rogers also went on to encourage Joe Burns rather focus and concentrate on his batting rather than listening to the hype and criticism surrounding him.

“From my point of view, you can get to this point where you’re just putting so much pressure on yourself. You think you’re doing everything you can and it just doesn’t seem to be going your way,” said Rogers.

Chris Rogers had played 25 tests and averaged 42.87 accumulating over 2000 runs with 5 tons and 14 fifties. He last played in 2015 after debuting in 2008.

“You make one little mistake and all of a sudden you’re back sitting in the pavilion. A lot of the time it’s just about letting go, what will be will be and just go out and do your processes, do your routines and just try and stay in the moment and watch the ball as I know our Australian coach says,” he added.

India and Australia will play against each other in a four-match Test series, beginning December 17 at the Adelaide Oval. The first match would be a pink-ball affair and will be India’s first overseas day-night test that will see regular India’s skipper Virat Kohli’s participation.

Joe Burns Is A Very Good Player, And A Few Poor Innings Is Not A Judgement On Players Ability: Marnus Labuschagne On Joe Burns Form

On Saturday, Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne who is in form averaging above 60 in 14 Tests he played had also shown faith in Joe Burns ability, saying that he is sure that the opening batsman is a good player and a few poor outings with the bat is not a judgement on a player’s capability.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Commenting on Burns’ form, Labuschagne had said: “I spoke to Joe couple of nights ago, he is doing alright, we have all been there where we just want to score runs, a few innings is not a judgment on player’s ability, I have full faith in Joe and if he is selected, he will be good to go, he is a man for big moments, I just hope he gets some runs in the second innings of the ongoing practice match. He is a very good player.”

Joe Burns averages 38.3 in 21 tests with four tons and six half-centuries accumulating 1379 runs.

Peter Handscomb Australia Ashes Andrew McDonald
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Peter Handscomb of Australia looks on during day two of the Second Test match during the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 3, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Ashes 2017/18: Former Australian Opener Chris Rogers Comes to Peter Handscomb’s Rescue

Former Australian opener Chris Rogers feels the latest scrutiny on the middle order batsman Peter Handscomb will make him stronger and handle the criticism methodically and with maturity. Handscomb has scored 14, 36 and 12 in the first three innings of the Ashes series and cricket pundits have asked the right-handed batsman to change his technique which prominently depends on playing on the back foot. Handscomb has been widely criticised for his unusual batting technique which majorly depends on the back foot making him vulnerable against the swing bowling.

Peter Handscomb Australia Ashes Andrew McDonald
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 03: Peter Handscomb of Australia looks on during day two of the Second Test match during the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 3, 2017, in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Australian selectors have picked up Mitchell Marsh for the third Test and could play in the third Test in place of Handscomb especially if the wicket at WACA is flat and his presence could release the workload of their fast bowlers.

Chris Rogers
Rogers in 48 Test innings amassed 2,015 runs at an average of 42.87. Getty Images

Rogers in Handscomb defence spoke to AAP and said:

 “Pete’s a very down to earth guy. He’ll know there is pressure and that if the selectors thought they maybe need an extra bowler, his is the spot up for grabs. He’ll be thinking, ‘I’ve only had three hits so far and I haven’t disgraced myself and I deserve another chance, but it’s up to the selectors’. He’ll be fairly realistic.” 

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 04: Joe Root of England talks to Peter Handscomb of Australia at the conclusion of play during day three of the Second Test match during the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 4, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Handscomb made his debut for Victoria in 2011 where Rogers saw him for the non strikers end and was mightily impressed with the right handed batsman’s composure. Roger feels that maturity and patience is Handscomb’s biggest strength:

 “And how he uses it to figure out problems. Every batsman goes through ups and downs. I back him to figure out the answers quicker than most people.” 

Peter Handscomb
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 21: Peter Handscomb looks on during the Australian nets session at The Gabba on November 21, 2017, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Handscomb defended his technique and said that he has been batting deep in his crease for three years now:

 “I am not really that concerned, I batted deep last year and managed to hit balls on the stumps and made lots of runs. I know I get out lbw and bowled, that’s why I have tried to change a few things with my technique.”

Mitchell Marsh, Ravindra Jadeja, Challenging Spell, India, Subcontinent, JLT Sheffield Shield, Western Australia,
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The Ashes 2017-18: Mitchell Marsh Recalled for Perth Test

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is in line to earn an Ashes call-up for the last 3 Tests of the ongoing series. He could be added to the 13 man squad with Australia leading the five-match series 2-0. They registered a comprehensive victory on the final day of the 2nd Test after playing an unchanged XI in the first two Tests.

The hosts named a 13 member squad for only the first two Tests with Chadd Sayers included specifically for the Adelaide Test but as it turned out the pacer wasn’t required for the day-night Tests and might be a possible replacement for the final 3 Tests. Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie stated that a 4th bowler who could be a back-up for the quicks might be very vital.

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Mitchell Marsh. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

“I said after the first two Test matches the Australians will maybe add someone to their squad, possibly an allrounder because they’ll feel the surfaces in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney are three very good batting surfaces,” Gillespie told Optus Sport’s Stumps program.

“And the three big hairy quicks are going to need a little bit of support. So don’t be surprised if a Mitchell Marsh or that type player comes into the equation.” Marsh last donned the whites during the Test series in India earlier in the year after picking up an injury during the 2nd Test and required a full shoulder reconstruction.

Marsh returned to bowling earlier than expected during Western Australia’s JLT Sheffield Shield game against Queensland at the WACA Ground which was the venue for the 3rd Test starting on December 14 bagging a couple of wickets for 49 runs. He also scored a century in the match and followed it up with 95 against South Australia at the WACA in the previous round.

The Ashes 2017-18: Mitchell Marsh Recalled for Perth Test 1

Former Aussie opener Chris Rogers feels that Marsh is the clear frontrunner for the last 3 Tests and could be replaced by Peter Handscomb.

“Unfortunately it’s going to be Handscomb that will be left out,” Rogers said.

“At the start of the season he was pretty secure with his spot, but just looks a little bit off colour at the moment. He doesn’t look like the game’s as simple as it should be for him. It sounds like the most simple thing in batting, but you go forward to full balls and back to short balls, but that’s not what Pete is doing at the moment, unfortunately.”

India great side, but will be under pressure: Mitchell Marsh
India great side, but will be under pressure: Mitchell Marsh earlier in 2017
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The Western Australia-born cricketer played 25 Tests for Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Chris Rogers Reveals England has no Solid Answer to Challenge Steven Smith

Former Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers has lauded the efforts of Australian skipper after hard-fought hundred against England in the first Test of the ongoing Ashes 2017-18 series at Gabba in Brisbane.

“And you know what a fantastic inning (Smith played). He set Australia up,” Rogers told ESPNcricinfo.

The 40-year-old batsman Rogers believes the unbeaten innings at Gabba on Saturday (November 25) is his best innings so far while considering the situation of the game.

“He is just on top of his game. If he is not the player in the world he is definitely one of them. It has to be one of his best, I think because of the situation,” Rogers maintained.

Chris Rogers, Lauds, Steven Smith, Brisbane, Hundred, Ashes 2017-18, Australia Vs England
Rogers made his Test debut against India at Perth in January 2008. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

(Read Also: Ashes 2017/18: Watch: Mitchell Starc’s Brutal Bouncer Shatters Joe Root’s Helmet)

The 28-year-old Smith smashed unbeaten 141, as his innings was comprised of 14 boundaries, as Rogers reiterated the former is looking to claim the first-ever Ashes title under his leadership, as he would be eyeing to make most out of the home series.

“Being a captain he (Steven Smith) is so much desperate to be on the winning side. He doesn’t want that to be in his career you know losing an Ashes Test series at home as captain,” Rogers asserted.

Rogers remarked Smith could have played his shots while relying on his strength, but he took too long to contribute just in favour of his team after facing 346 balls in his first innings as a batsman.

“So, you could see the determination, I think the factor took him so many balls to score his hundred – to show how much it means to him. He could have played more shots he wanted to,” Roger added.

Chris Rogers, Lauds, Steven Smith, Brisbane, Hundred, Ashes 2017-18, Australia Vs England
The left-handed batter smashed five-hundred and 14 fifties. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Interestingly, during the 66-run partnership with Pat Cummins for the eighth-wicket, Rogers observed Smith played an integral part while showing some faith in a tail-ender, who went on to register 42 crucial runs after facing 120 balls

“But he played that way… played the situation. He backed Pat Cummins as well,” Roger further added.

On the other side, Rogers feels England skipper Joe Root did best he could have had while adding even the visitors tried to short-ball ploy which saw Smith waiting for the loose ball – to make most out of the opportunity.

“Yeah, you can’t really criticize Joe Root. You can’t say he left anything out there really… I mean they did they tried a lot of leg-side theory, but nothing worked in end,” Rogers concluded.

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Rogers in 48 Test innings amassed 2,015 runs at an average of 42.87.

(Read Further: Ashes 2017/18: Discarded Glenn Maxwell Responds with Career-Best 278)

Following the remarkable knock of Smith, Rogers stated he is wondering how the Three Lions would claim his wicket after giving their best with the red-cherry.

“And yeah, it means so much… I don’t know what England is going to do from here… How they are going to get him out,” Rogers said.

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Owing to the importance of Smith’s triple-figure knock, Rogers remarked that former had played such a controlled innings while adding apart from a couple of rash shots, his innings was methodical according to the situation the game has demanded of late.

“Even if you think about how many false shots he played throughout his innings. It’s very few (in number),” Rogers concluded.

David Warner and Chris Rogers. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

BAN vs AUS 2017: David Warner Credits Chris Rogers for Change in Form

For a long while now, David Warner was under the spotlight for all his numbers in Asia. Being an institute within himself, Warner is no stranger to playing in Asia, having been a known feature in the IPL for years now. To add to that, he has toured India for two Test series’ and knows a lot about playing in Asia.

Nevertheless, his record was abysmal in Asia and quite contrasting to his overall tally in other nations. It is precisely why the series in Bangladesh was always going to be a critical one for Warner, as it could have been one final calling for him to succeed in this part of the world.

Two Tests later, the southpaw can reflect on the series with great pride, as he played two of his most iconic Test knocks. His ton in the fourth innings at Mirpur was extremely crucial, even if it ended in a losing cause. But it was the ton at Chittagong which would satisfy him, as it came in a winning cause.

BAN vs AUS 2017: David Warner Credits Chris Rogers for Change in Form 2
CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH – SEPTEMBER 06: David Warner of Australia celebrates after scoring his century during day three of the Second Test match between Bangladesh and Australia at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on September 6, 2017 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Post the win; he had his former opening partner Chris Rogers to thank, for his change in approach.

“It was taken this approach from my past team mate Chris Rogers’ book. It took me around 15 Tests to work around my pattern in conditions like these. It has come off, and it is nice to play well for the team,” said Warner.

“I had to overcome battles in my mind on how to approach the game. I hadn’t had much of success in conditions like these and we fought back hard from the first game. Keeping my patience and working hard paid off,” Warner added.

Three Former Australian Cricketers To Coach Australia A For South Africa Tour

Former Australian star players Jason Gillespie, Brad Haddin and Chris Rogers are bound to coach its Australia A team which is touring for South Africa in the months of July and August to play the series against hosts and India A.

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager for Team Performance Pat Howard has stated that it would be an interesting deal to induct three-star players to guide the Australian cricket’s next generation which has a lot on an offer.

The former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie, who has also double hundred to his name, has been roped in as Australia A’s chief coach revealed the Australia media.

“It’s extremely pleasing to have three quality people in Jason, Chris and Brad on-board to guide the Australia A squad in their upcoming Tour of South Africa,” Howard was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

The reports revealed that trio is supposed to share the coaching job for Australia youngsters after enjoying best half of their career for the national assignments as players.

“All three have significant experience as players, in varying conditions across the world over their lengthy careers, which will no doubt be invaluable for the players touring with this squad,” Howard added.

According to the fixture, Australia A will face South Africa and India A in tri-nation series which is comprised of four round-robin matches after playing two four-day games against hosts.

“While the squad has yet to be named, it will no doubt feature some of the country’s most talented players, and players challenging for the opportunity to play international cricket for Australia,” Gillespie said.

The 42-year-old Sydney-born Gillespie has also mentored English clubs Yorkshire followed by his stint at Kent. He will be further assisted by his former teammates to nurse the talent before the rookies could cement their place in Australia’s national side.

“This tour will provide those players with the chance to push their claims for those opportunities, and to experience a really high standard of competition and life on the road,” Gillespie remarked.

Wicket-keeper batsman has retired from Test cricket in 2015, alongside top-order batsman Chris Rogers before making their career in the coaching field.

Under the tutelage of Gillespie, Yorkshire had claimed back-to-back trophies in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

“It’s a really exciting time to be involved in Australian cricket, and I can’t wait to join up with the squad and head to South Africa,” Gillespie concluded.

Gillespie played 71 Tests, 97 One-day Internationals and solitary Twenty20 for Australia whereas, Rogers played 25 Tests and Haddin featured in 126 ODIs, 66 Tests and 34 T20Is.