NSW v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Sydney November 14, 2012

Rogers keeps Victoria in the game

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 5 for 177 (Rogers 84*) trail New South Wales 293 by 116 runs

Chris Rogers kept Victoria in the hunt for first-innings points on a rain-affected second day at the SCG, where they finished 116 runs behind with five wickets in hand. The Bushrangers went to stumps on 5 for 177, with Rogers on 84 and Cameron White on 2, but the Blues had the momentum after picking up two late wickets through Steve O'Keefe and Josh Hazlewood.

O'Keefe had Glenn Maxwell caught at mid-off for 39, ending an 81-run stand with Rogers, before Hazlewood trapped Peter Handscomb lbw for a golden duck in the next over. While Maxwell and Rogers were together Victoria were moving along solidly, the pair having come together after Test aspirant Mitchell Starc picked up his only wicket for the day when David Hussey played on for 9.

Victoria had started the morning at 0 for 12 and the opening pair, Rogers and Ryan Carters, took the score along to 69 before Moises Henriques had Carters caught behind for 33. Aaron Finch was also caught behind off Henriques for 8.

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  • Hrishikesh on November 14, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    starc's shield record worries me a bit, so does hazelwoods, especially with hilfy looking pretty ordinary. He's excellent in one day games, but somethings amiss in 4 day cricket. Pattinson is the other way round. Just hope Cummins gets back. He is the one with most talent. can swing it both ways and i believe he can do well in all formats. He has shown signs of that in his stop start carrier so far

  • Phil on November 14, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Rogers is almost 36 so test selection is out of the question, but given the current selectors love for the older players you never know. In all fairness Rogers hasn't got a century in shield cricket for a very long time so he needs to rack up more to keep his spot in the shield team.

  • Andrew on November 14, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Rogers always plays his best once he is out of the picture for Test selection. I think there is so much potential in Starc & hazlewood, but I'd feel a whole lot better about them if they could get a bagful of Shield scalps!

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