Victoria v Qld, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne

Rogers century leads strong Vic reply

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 19, 2013

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Victoria 3 for 212 (Rogers 101, Hill 64*) v Queensland 322

Chris Rogers compiled his third century of the Sheffield Shield this summer as Victoria made a strong start to their pursuit of Queensland's 322 on day two of the match at the MCG.

Carving out methodical runs much as he has done for most of the past 15 years, Rogers' hundred was his 58th in first-class matches and tipped his career average back over 50. He was ably supported by Michael Hill, while the Bushrangers' cause was helped by the Bulls' loss of Matthew Gale to injury.

Gale had bowled eight overs when he landed heavily on his left knee in the outfield and writhed in pain before being carried off for treatment. He was unable to return, leaving Nathan Hauritz to take up much of the slack in the afternoon.

Play had been delayed in the morning by light rain, Rob Quiney falling to Hauritz for 19 after an opening stand of 38. Once Rogers had been dismissed, The Bulls were given some hope of a more successful third day when David Hussey fell cheaply to the debutant Ronan McDonald.

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Posted by ygkd on (February 20, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

Reading a comment that Chris Rogers and Brad Hodge were/are good-but-not-good-enough and, then, that Watson should open.... gee, what can one say? Rogers and Hodge make hundreds. Watson makes fifties and takes a few wickets. I'm not knocking Watson, but how is he better than Rogers and Hodge have been? The point about recent Australian selection policies are that there doesn't seem to be a policy at all other than confusion reigns supreme. Surely, you'd have to be confused to think that Rogers and Hodge weren't up to it.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

Great to see Michael HIll getting amongst the runs.....saw him play in the U/19 World Cup in Penang, Malaysia along with Phillip Hughes in 2008 and immediately thought that he was possible Test material.......hopefully he can continue his good form and maybe follow in his mate Hughesy`s footsteps....

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

here we go again... a player makes a hundred ...immediately come calls to be in the test side... Rogers is bit like Brad Hodge...good but not good enough at highest level....if he was in his 20's might be room for him to make it... but that time has passed... .White made a hundred for Vics too... suppose he will get a few pro-call up articles too.....on a different tangent I saw comments of the current australian coach backing in Cowan as test opener in India series... one dud backing another...Watson should open... but Cowan might get reprieve as I wouldnt play Warner with a broken thumb...prefer get him right for the Ashes'.

Posted by Beertjie on (February 19, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Agree @blink182alex on (February 19, 2013, 12:47 GMT). He should replace Steve Smith. We simply don't know whether Hughes will do better this time and with Watto back to playing as a (limited) all rounder a line-up should read: Warner, Cowan, Hughes (or Rogers), Watson, Clarke, Khawaja (or Rogers),etc. When it suits their agenda the NSP talk loudly about the need for experience, but who has more experience of English conditions than Rogers?

Posted by PrasPunter on (February 19, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

He must be wondering on what exactly he should have done to get into the first-choice Aus XI. An average of around 50 and it is a shame that he is not in india. Hope he is given a hard look at for the Ashes. Who cares about the age when Ashes is on the line ?

Posted by blink182alex on (February 19, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

I still hope the selectors consider Rogers for the test squad for the Ashes. He is a quality player, although the opening stocks seem quite full, with Warner a cert whilst if Cowan fails Watson can open, but i think it's fair to say now that Ponting and Mike Hussey are unavailable that Rogers is in the best 6 batsmen in the country.

It may mean batting in the middle order but at 35 he could still give us 2 good years of test batting, and add some experience to an otherwise inexperienced batting line up. Knows english conditions well also.

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