Rogers: Boof's made the game fun again

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Australia opener and Middlesex veteran Chris Rogers has given credit to national coach Darren Lehmann for his late-in-life revival, saying 'Boof' has made playing the game more fun than sides are used to.

Australia opener and Middlesex veteran Chris Rogers has given credit to national coach Darren Lehmann for his late-in-life revival, saying 'Boof' has made playing the game more fun than sides are used to.

The 36-year-old made his return to the Australia side last year, after five years in the wilderness following a single Test cap. he went on to cement his place at the top of the order, and recently scored a double ton for Middlesex.

Lehmann was appointed Australia coach ahead of the Ashes in England last year, replacing Mickey Arthur and inheritting a team in turmoil. Since then, they have won the Ashes in Oz, and retaken the number one Test ranking.

Rogers told <i>Cricinfo</i>: "I grew up a little bit in the old-school days, when it was far more relaxed, you did enjoy yourself. Now it's far more professional. I think 'Boof' has brought back that old-school mentality a little bit.

'I remember the first thing he did, we had a meeting and he said it won't go for more than half an hour and when it did hit half an hour, he said, 'Right, that's it, we're all going to the pub'.

"We went to the pub and I could look around and see the guys and it was almost like, 'Is this really happening?' I think he's brought that enjoyment back, where you play hard and you play to win but you also enjoy yourself and you don't take yourself too seriously.

"I enjoy that because I think that's the kind of mentality I try to bring to Middlesex and the other sides I play for. My Test career has coincided with his coaching career and it's worked out well for me particularly."

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