Rogers: Voges shows value of perserverance


Former Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers is delighted for fellow veteran Adam Voges, who is on a superb run of form in the Test team after adding an unbeaten 'Daddy Hundred' to his records in Wellington.

Voges reached 176 not out on day two against New Zealand, meaning his batting average in Tests is over 100. He has scored five tons in his 19 innings, at the age of 36, having made his debut last year.

Rogers, also a player to feature later in his career, said he'd spoken to Voges recently, when he though his career was over, and was pleased to see Voges had not given up.

Rogers told Optus Sport's Across the Ditch show: "I can remember not long ago having a conversation with him and him pretty much saying that he'd been told he wasn't going to play for Australia again and now look at him.

"It shows you should never give up, you just never know when that next opportunity's going to come up and then you've just got to make it count. 

"I think if you're going to be one of the older players you have to be one of the better players and that's what he's doing. He's making the No.5 spot his. It's not up for grabs anymore, that's his role. 

"He's been doing it now for a couple of years, he averaged over 100 in a Shield season which is no mean feat and now he's averaging 100 in Test cricket. Something's clicked for him. Whatever it is, bottle it, it is amazing.

"He's got a good defence and he can rely on that but he's an intelligent player, he makes good decisions and he gets the job done. He's not a flair player, he's not looking for the publicity, he's just getting the job done."