By the numbers: Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers is the newest name to be drafted into the Australian side, and while he's not an entirely unfamiliar face, he's not exactly a household name yet. Here are some pertinent numbers for the dedicated fan to memorise.
Chris Rogers is the newest name to be drafted into the Australian side, and while he's not an entirely unfamiliar face, he's not exactly a household name yet. Here are some pertinent numbers for the dedicated fan to memorise ahead of the Ashes, where he will open the first Test alongside Shane Watson.
<b>35 – His age.</b><br>The Aussies have a habit of calling up players nearing their twilight (Michael Hussey was also 30 when he made his Test debut) and Rogers is benefiting from this. He's just two months away from his 36th birthday.
<b>1 – Number of Test caps.</b><br>Rogers made his debut in 2008 against India in Perth, but failed to make a meaningful impact. He scored just 19 runs in his two knocks, and took one catch.
<b>219 – Double ton vs Australia.</b><br>When playing for Leicestershire in 2005, he hit this double ton against the touring Australians. This was put him on the Oz selectors' radar, and he replaced an injured Mathew Hayden in 2008.
<b>5 – Number of English sides he's played for.</b><br>Rogers is currently the Middlesex captain and has been with them since 2011, but he's also played for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Shropshire, giving him a solid grounding in English conditions.
<b>790 – Runs for Middlesex this season.</b><br>He has played eight games for his county this season, which is the main reason he's in the Aussie side right now. He hit a big 184 against Sussex in June, and a few half tons in May too.
<b>50.38 – First class average.</b><br>Rogers has played 239 first class matches, and recorded 60 centuries and 90 half tons. If he can convert this form to the international stage, and the selectors give him more than one crack at it, then he could be around for while.
<b>742 – Runs for the Bushrangers this season.</b><br>Rogers won the Bill Lawry medal for his efforts for Victoria this year, batting at an average of 49.46 and included three centuries.
<b>319 – Top first class score.</b><br>This was scored against Gloucestershire while playing for Northants in 2006. He made 1352 runs that season.
<b>2 – The number of balls he sees while batting.</b><br>Kidding! Rogers' achievements are more impressive if you consider that he's colour-blind and short-sighted, meaning he sometimes has trouble picking the ball out against the crowd. He wears glasses when not playing cricket.
<b>131 – First class bowling average.</b><br>He's no threat to Nathan Lyon's place as a leg spinner, having taken just one wicket in his career, having sent down 230 deliveries.
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