'This is the best moment of my career'

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Australia batsman Chris Rogers was over the moon, in his typically subdued way, after recording his maiden Test century, at the age of 35, on day two of the fourth Ashes Test in Durham on Saturday.

Australia batsman Chris Rogers was over the moon, in his typically subdued way, after recording his maiden Test century, at the age of 35, on day two of the fourth Ashes Test in Durham on Saturday.

Rogers ended the day on 101 not out, having faced 233 balls and surviving a reviewed out decision earlier in the day. He took advantage of that good fortune, and a dropped catch, to go on and make his 61st first class ton.

Australia were on 222 for five at the close, thanks to Rogers and Shane Watson, who had battled to 68 before falling late in the day. The pair did well to thwart Stuart Broad, who took four of the five wickets, including Watson's in the end.

The 35-year-old Rogers told <i>Sky Sports</i> at stumps: "(It feels) pretty bloody good to be honest. I've had a long career and didn't think I'd get this opportunity, let alone to score a hundred.

"To get a hundred is the best moment of my career. To play for your country is unbelievable. To wear the Baggy Green and get a hundred is something no one can take away from you. I'm extremely happy at the moment."

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Rogers conceded he could have been out once or twice, saying: "I think when the ball is harder it's seaming and it's swinging so that's the challenge so you just have to ride your luck, and I had plenty of luck today.

"On these wickets you can't push out at the ball or you'll nick it or miss it so the key is just to hold your shape as long as possible."

When asked if the Aussies were starting to dominate the Test, Rogers said: "I don't know about that, I think there's a long way to go. I thought we had a very good day yesterday but we were up against it earlier on today with a few wickets but we fought hard.

"We need to get a lead and this wicket's not going to get any better. If we can get through and things keep going our way then hopefully we can get on the board."

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