Rogers defends his tatty arm guard

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Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has finally answered all of those wondering about his rather disgusting arm guard, saying it's not as old as it looks and doesn't have sentimental value.

Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has finally answered all of those wondering about his rather disgusting arm guard, saying it's not as old as it looks and doesn't have sentimental value.

Rogers' brown, frayed arm protector drew quite a bit of interest during the Ashes, even resulting in its own parody twitter account. It seemed to be a lucky piece of kit, as Rogers made his maiden ton and two other fifties in the series.

But the 35-year-old says it's not lucky, and that he prefers to bat with it on rather than risking a broken arm. It's also not as old as people think, it just looks it.

Rogers told the <i>North Devon Journal</i>: "It's not that old, only about two or three years. I had one before for about 10 years. That was a real special one."

The batsman then said the guard had no sentimental value, and was a practical consideration and got dirty and tatty rather quickly as he always used it when batting.

He added: "I'm not going to bat without my arm guard only because I don't want my arm to get broken. It's just one of those things, your arms get so sweaty and it quickly deteriorates.

"Some people have said I should get a new one but it's not a catwalk out there. You're out there to do a job."

Since the end of the Ashes, Rogers has returned to his place at Middlesex, where he is the skipper, as he is not part of the limited-overs set up.

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