Middlesex opening batsman Chris Rogers talks to Lords.org about his Ashes call up, county colleague Sam Robson and the season so far at the Home of Cricket.
At 35 and with one solitary Test cap to his name, which came in 2008 against India, Rogers believed the chance to represent the Baggy Greens had passed him by.
“I didn’t think I’d ever get the opportunity and thought I’d be a one Test wonder,” he told Lord’s TV.
“But there is a chance to build on to have a bit of a second coming.”
All the old guys talk about the Lord's Test
His call up earlier this year to the Australia’s Ashes squad meant that his hard work for Middlesex had paid off.
The New South Wales born batsman will now has the opportunity to get his name on the famous Lord’s Honours Boards.“I think that would be a magical thing to do,”
he commented.“As a kid growing up in Australia, to hear all the old guys talk about the Lord’s Test makes it extra special and I’d love to be a part of it.” Middlesex
Not dwelling on his recent success the diminutive left-hander has gone about his work in the domestic game as usual, amassing 552 runs in Middlesex’s first six County Championship matches
at an average of 61.33.
That good form in the championship, where Rogers is skipper, means the club is sitting in third position just ten points behind leaders Sussex after six games.
The highlight so far with the bat was a stunning back-to-wall 214 against London rivals Surrey at Lord’s that resulted in Middlesex saving the game having been asked to follow-on.
A clear message that his inclusion in Michael Clarke’s touring party has not affected on his batting.Sam Robson
Rogers put on 259 - a record for the highest opening stand against Surrey - with fellow Aussie Sam Robson during that fight-back and was impressed by his compatriot’s efforts at the other end.
I think he’s (Robson) got a big future in the game
“Two seasons ago he was excellent, as the opening partner I saw a lot of real good things in him."
Rogers added: “Last year, second year syndrome, he struggled.
“But this year he’s been excellent again, I just think his work ethic and his desire to do well is impressive.
“That, along with an excellent technique, I think he’s got a big future in the game.”
Robson, who at 23 could still play Test cricket for either Australia or England, has had a phenomenal start to Middlesex’s County Championship campaign scoring 652 runs at an average of 81.50.