Chris Rogers: The man who never gave up

The recently retired 37-year old Aussie opener was one of the few players from Down Under who could hold his head high in the recently concluded Ashes series.

After a miserable debut against India in 2008, Chris Rogers played his next text five years later, against England and became a batting mainstay ever since. He ended up playing only 25 tests but he left his mark on the game with gutsy batting and tremendous fighting spirit. Not bad, considering the fact that he is short-sighted and colour blind!

We take a look at five memorable innings that epitomize the character of this gritty opening batsman:

173 vs England at Lord’s, 2015

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A match-winning century that helped Australia bounce back from the stunning defeat in the first test. Suffered a concussion in the second innings but that didn’t stop him from taking further part in the series.

116 vs England at Melbourne, 2013

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Led Australia’s second innings successful chase with an authoritative knock. Scored a vital 61 in the first innings too, making sure England didn’t get a sizeable lead.

110 vs England at Chester-le-Street, 2013

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His first innings ton helped gained a slender lead and his century partnership with fellow opener David Warner provided a solid foundation for a 299-run target, eventually going in vain.

107 vs South Africa at Port Elizabeth, 2014

Rogers waged a lone battle to save the match amidst some hostile bowling by Dale Steyn & co. Australia collapsed in a heap after a brilliant opening stand in the second innings, losing the match.

95 vs England at Cardiff, 2015

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A record-equalling seventh successive half-century was the only 50+ score in the Aussie first innings, a match which Australia eventually ended up losing in three days.

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