England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day August 1, 2013

I know who distracted me - Rogers

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Daniel Salpietro can expect a phone-call from his Prahran club team-mate Chris Rogers. When Rogers was dismissed lbw for 84 on the first day at Old Trafford, it came the next ball after a prolonged battle to stop movement in the pavilion near the sightscreen.

Such distractions can affect the concentration of a batsman, and Rogers said after play he knew Salpietro was involved. "These things crop up every now and again," Rogers said. "I'll make a phone call because I know the guy who was up there. I'm not going to blame him. I think. Much."

Salpietro, who has played for Victoria and Adelaide Strikers, defended himself by saying he and Jon Wells, the Tasmania batsman - both are playing club cricket in Lancashire - were trying to help stop the movement in the pavilion.

"What actually happened was really down to the steward in the pavilion," Salpietro said. "The players wanted the door near me closing but he didn't seem to grasp what was going on. It had happened a few times over the previous overs and the steward was still not doing anything about it despite me and Jon Wells telling him that the door needed closing and people had to be stopped from walking through.

"So I decided to take it into my own hands to stand up and close the door and that's when the camera caught me - and I guess it makes it worse because it was Chris who was distracted and then he got out. We are team-mates in club cricket back home and I will have to phone Chris tonight. I play club cricket with him back home and we are quite good mates.

"I'm sure he will see the funny side of the situation eventually. I've been copping a bundle of stick on Twitter with the lads at Rishton telling me I got Rogers out but honestly it wasn't my fault."

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  • AltafPatel on August 2, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Such distraction activity behind the screen are common now a days that finally forcing batsman to ask umpires. Why there is not standard for height and width of side screen and and there is not permanent steward with the job to prevent distraction ? It's funny that many times umpire have to reach to side-screen to explain the guys !

  • Jagger on August 2, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @ Zenek Szulc - The Ashes will continue long after we are long gone, and that's all that matters. What we see here today, Australia vs England, is history in the making. Whatever other countries choose to do is up to them. IMHO, if they neglect Test Match skills it will be to their own self-inflicted detriment.

    On a completely different matter - I am tipping (while the odds are getting shorter as we speak) the DRS is itself soon to become history in its current form. It does not satisfy the task it was implemented to fulfil, and it must be said that the BCCI had it right all along. DRS Mk II must take it out of the players hands and expert video analysts will play a bigger part in the decision making, and look to umpires for adjudication on the rules only. I would like to add that Roger Federer believes Hawk-eye is a load of rubbish, and he has seen more line calls than any of us. Hawk-eye seems to show the ball travels straight after it bounces every time. That's impossible.

  • on August 2, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Rohit, the only reason its not common elsewhere in the world is becasue most other countries can't find more than 10 people to watch a day's Test Cricket.

  • warneshane on August 2, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @whofriggincares @milepost Rank no. 7 Team & their players including 30+ average legends are exceptional & others are mediocre. He is famous for speculating such critics in sub-continent.

  • brusselslion on August 2, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @milepost: "...when I watch cricket I do find it frustrating when the stewards cannot control the crowd - it should not be the players nor umpires responsibility to do so." Hit the nail right on the head. Lords are pretty good at making sure there is no movement behind the bowlers' arm during an over: Spectators also have to take some responsibility: I was at Surrey (in the pavillon) the other week and had words with someone for coming in during an over. Mind you, I'm a miserable old sod just looking for an excuse for a row!

  • on August 2, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Well done to team Australia for having a go. Wasim Akram must feel foolish after saying James Anderson is the worlds best bowler. DRS seems to be England's top wicket taker and this is the 2nd howler against Kagawa in the series. With England's reviews all used up - I hope to see mr Blade runner crying when one goes against his beloved World Eleven.

    Well batted Chris, Well Batted PUP and well batted Smith.

  • on August 2, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Rohit you make me laugh............ so you think that people moving behind the bowlers arm is an English tactic? I can see the frantic activity now..........

    'Ok ladies and gentlemaen, our boys have just been hit for 3 4's in the last two overs and the England team want us to all change seats so they can get a wicket......on the count of 3 we all change....................one, two, three, MOVE!'

  • milepost on August 2, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    @blade runner lighten up buddy. It's light hearted this article and your assessment of his innings is poor - it was a great knock. Yeah he played around a straight one but they all do now and again. Cook has been doing it and he is an astounding player. Rogers isn't blaming anyone. In saying that when I watch cricket I do find it frustrating when the stewards cannot control the crowd - it should not be the players nor umpires responsibility to do so. The entire commentary panel praised Rogers' innings and it was great to watch.

  • Lukeb77 on August 2, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    It's a SIGHTSCREEN to help batsmen see the ball, not a sidescreen. I guess that's why so many comments amuse :)

  • Blade-Runner on August 2, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    @whofriggincares ; If it was an average ball as you say, that showed how mediocre batsman he was who couldn't even play a bad ball. lol He failed miserably in previous 2 games n got lucky here on this flat track. But He stiil couldn't make something outta it. Even you admit here that "He played a poor shot simple as that". So all these talks about distractions n blah blah blah are absolutely rubbish, Aren't they ??? So That was my point n I think that I've proven my point here well. G'day !!!

  • AltafPatel on August 2, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Such distraction activity behind the screen are common now a days that finally forcing batsman to ask umpires. Why there is not standard for height and width of side screen and and there is not permanent steward with the job to prevent distraction ? It's funny that many times umpire have to reach to side-screen to explain the guys !

  • Jagger on August 2, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @ Zenek Szulc - The Ashes will continue long after we are long gone, and that's all that matters. What we see here today, Australia vs England, is history in the making. Whatever other countries choose to do is up to them. IMHO, if they neglect Test Match skills it will be to their own self-inflicted detriment.

    On a completely different matter - I am tipping (while the odds are getting shorter as we speak) the DRS is itself soon to become history in its current form. It does not satisfy the task it was implemented to fulfil, and it must be said that the BCCI had it right all along. DRS Mk II must take it out of the players hands and expert video analysts will play a bigger part in the decision making, and look to umpires for adjudication on the rules only. I would like to add that Roger Federer believes Hawk-eye is a load of rubbish, and he has seen more line calls than any of us. Hawk-eye seems to show the ball travels straight after it bounces every time. That's impossible.

  • on August 2, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Rohit, the only reason its not common elsewhere in the world is becasue most other countries can't find more than 10 people to watch a day's Test Cricket.

  • warneshane on August 2, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @whofriggincares @milepost Rank no. 7 Team & their players including 30+ average legends are exceptional & others are mediocre. He is famous for speculating such critics in sub-continent.

  • brusselslion on August 2, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @milepost: "...when I watch cricket I do find it frustrating when the stewards cannot control the crowd - it should not be the players nor umpires responsibility to do so." Hit the nail right on the head. Lords are pretty good at making sure there is no movement behind the bowlers' arm during an over: Spectators also have to take some responsibility: I was at Surrey (in the pavillon) the other week and had words with someone for coming in during an over. Mind you, I'm a miserable old sod just looking for an excuse for a row!

  • on August 2, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Well done to team Australia for having a go. Wasim Akram must feel foolish after saying James Anderson is the worlds best bowler. DRS seems to be England's top wicket taker and this is the 2nd howler against Kagawa in the series. With England's reviews all used up - I hope to see mr Blade runner crying when one goes against his beloved World Eleven.

    Well batted Chris, Well Batted PUP and well batted Smith.

  • on August 2, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Rohit you make me laugh............ so you think that people moving behind the bowlers arm is an English tactic? I can see the frantic activity now..........

    'Ok ladies and gentlemaen, our boys have just been hit for 3 4's in the last two overs and the England team want us to all change seats so they can get a wicket......on the count of 3 we all change....................one, two, three, MOVE!'

  • milepost on August 2, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    @blade runner lighten up buddy. It's light hearted this article and your assessment of his innings is poor - it was a great knock. Yeah he played around a straight one but they all do now and again. Cook has been doing it and he is an astounding player. Rogers isn't blaming anyone. In saying that when I watch cricket I do find it frustrating when the stewards cannot control the crowd - it should not be the players nor umpires responsibility to do so. The entire commentary panel praised Rogers' innings and it was great to watch.

  • Lukeb77 on August 2, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    It's a SIGHTSCREEN to help batsmen see the ball, not a sidescreen. I guess that's why so many comments amuse :)

  • Blade-Runner on August 2, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    @whofriggincares ; If it was an average ball as you say, that showed how mediocre batsman he was who couldn't even play a bad ball. lol He failed miserably in previous 2 games n got lucky here on this flat track. But He stiil couldn't make something outta it. Even you admit here that "He played a poor shot simple as that". So all these talks about distractions n blah blah blah are absolutely rubbish, Aren't they ??? So That was my point n I think that I've proven my point here well. G'day !!!

  • whofriggincares on August 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @blade-runner, what is actually hilarious is your comment showing you don't know what you are talking about. It was an average ball at best, too full and should have been punished. He played a poor shot simple as that. As for "making excuses to save his spot" mate did you see his innings? I think he might have held his spot on the strength of a fantastic knock where he actually dominated the English attack. This has happened far too seldom in this series so far apart from Agar at trent bridge. His knock set the tone and Clarke followed suit brilliantly. Pup's attack on Swann early on was exciting to watch and may have even changed the course of the series. England will still retain the Ashes but I think we will have a contest at least. The Australian leg of this 10 match showdown could be a completely different story. The curators in Oz won't doctor pitches like their English counterparts have that's for sure. Jimmy is less effective without reverse and it is harder to produce in oz.

  • Rohit... on August 2, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    In England, these things are common... Especially when the tourist are taking the upper hand.... Instead of complaining, the players should learn to stay calm and compose against such tactics.

  • toosmart_goldie on August 2, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @bumble23 Rules are there,but they are of no use if you d onot use your common sense. Even Daryl Harper acknowledged that decision to be the biggest blunder of his umpiring career.

  • TheCricketeer on August 2, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Has it not occured to those commenting above that these guys are just having a little fun with each other....! Get a sense of humour maybe?

  • Blade-Runner on August 2, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    This is hilarious. These Aussies are trying to save their spots in the playing XI by giving silly excuses. What now ? Does Chris Rogers want the stadium to be emptied so he can play without getting distracted ? Pls... He got a good ball from Swann n had no clue how to play it. Grow up Mr.Rogers.

  • on August 2, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Well see if the movement continues into the England innings. Somehow i think not. Not sure what ground it was but i recall a certain open window in a series against SA a few years ago. England go to and always have gone to any lengths to put tourists off there game. There idea of fair play is really just about how they want opposition teams to behave.

  • jmcilhinney on August 2, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    I don't think that Rogers is blaming his dismissal on the distraction anyway but let's not forget that the bowler was also thrown off his rhythm by all the messing about but he still managed to get the ball in the right place. Rogers made a big swish at a ball from Bresnan an over or two before that and there was no distraction then, so to say that he wouldn't have played that shot otherwise is a stretch. The simple fact is that he played a poor shot. It's not the first time a batsman has been going well and then got out to a poor shot so let's not demean Rogers by making excuses for him because he's not.

  • Sarangarajan on August 2, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    It is not just Rogers distraction above the pavilion side screen that caused his down fall immediately the next ball. Petersen fielded a shot t from Watson at mid on and threw the ball at the stumps unnecessarily and gesticulated at him .Next delivery Watson nicks a harmless delivery to Cook and walks off.Some way of getting people out.Then as an international cricketer one should be prepared for all these.

  • Sarangarajan on August 2, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    It is not just Rogers distraction above the pavilion side screen that caused his down fall immediately the next ball. Petersen fielded a shot t from Watson at mid on and threw the ball at the stumps unnecessarily and gesticulated at him .Next delivery Watson nicks a harmless delivery to Cook and walks off.Some way of getting people out.Then as an international cricketer one should be prepared for all these.

  • bumble23 on August 2, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    @ Nithin Bhaktha Please refrain from commenting about that LBW decision made against sachin tendulkar. No matter whether you are hit on the helmet or on your L guard, if the ball is heading to hit the stumps you head back to the dressing room. Try to give credit to the bowler Mcgrath you Honk:))

  • on August 2, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    I have all the sympathies towards Usman Kwaja...I agree the Australian team is hard done by...Other teams also were a part of Bad decisions...Sachin Tendulkar Lbw when he was hit on the helmet..I dont how in the earth it was out...

  • farhan.ahmad on August 2, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Whatever it is, he showed a character except that last ball. If Australia want a comeback in this series, they need such or even better performances again and again. Anyway good luck for team Australia and hat off to captain.

  • 777aditya on August 2, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Poor guy, the worst thing that can happen between friends is misunderstanding. Such things happen on the cricket field day in and day out. Rogers is an international cricketer and if he lacks focus to the highest degree, he should probably blame himself.

  • on August 2, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Just another lucky day for Swann, picking up another two wickets he didn't deserve.

  • kc69 on August 2, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Chris Rogers needs to do better than this. Grow up this is international level, play well next innings if you believe in yourself

  • on August 2, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    It probably wouldn't have happened without those distractions but the reality is as a test batsman you need to learn to put that stuff aside. I feel for Rogers though, given he was on track for his maiden test ton. Take out that and the ludicrous Khawaja call and Australia could have gone to stumps one down.

  • H_Z_O on August 1, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Marvellous knock by Rogers today, deserved a century. Before today, I must admit, I had my doubts whether he could make the step up. He didn't look anywhere near the same player batting in Tests as he does in First Class. While he's not an overly aggressive batsman, he's also not a defensive plodder, but it seemed as if Watson being the "aggressor" made Rogers a little too timid at the crease.

    I wonder if the idea of Watson trying to bat time was part of the nets session, and as Rogers was there too, there may have been some encouragement for him to be a bit more "free". While he clearly places a high value on his wicket (something his teammates could learn from) he's usually quite a busy player and has this knack of scoring more quickly than you realise, and before you know it he's rocketed to 50.

    Saw a lot more of that from him today and this may well be enough to keep him in the side for quite a while yet. Good man to have around with a fairly young team.

  • on August 1, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    @Sunil_Batra it really wasn't a terrific ball. It was too full and on his pads. Rogers had an ugly swipe across the line at it (as batsmen are prone to do when losing concentration) when he should have played straighter. He will be angry with himself.

  • on August 1, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    I clicked on this article titled "I know who distracted me" hoping to read that Rogers blamed himself for allowing himself to get distracted in the first place. Come on, Buck - stop passing the buck!

  • on August 1, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    To richard cranium Salpietro You irresponsible w..... wake up to yourself

  • disco_bob on August 1, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    It is a bit sad for Rogers to go along with the television gossip that he was distracted and thus got out. He is being disingenuous at best

  • on August 1, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    He got out because he played across the line to one of the best spinners in the world.

  • shot274 on August 1, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Rogers would have been out even if there wasnt a single spectator at old trafford.Id believe the distraction theory if he would use it as an excuse for both his dismissals in the last test-not today!

  • Buggsy on August 1, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Sunil, I don't think they're being serious...

  • Sunil_Batra on August 1, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I don't think it was the lad's fault, Rogers batted well but his dismissal was due to the ball being too good.

  • Sunil_Batra on August 1, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I don't think it was the lad's fault, Rogers batted well but his dismissal was due to the ball being too good.

  • Buggsy on August 1, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Sunil, I don't think they're being serious...

  • shot274 on August 1, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Rogers would have been out even if there wasnt a single spectator at old trafford.Id believe the distraction theory if he would use it as an excuse for both his dismissals in the last test-not today!

  • on August 1, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    He got out because he played across the line to one of the best spinners in the world.

  • disco_bob on August 1, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    It is a bit sad for Rogers to go along with the television gossip that he was distracted and thus got out. He is being disingenuous at best

  • on August 1, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    To richard cranium Salpietro You irresponsible w..... wake up to yourself

  • on August 1, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    I clicked on this article titled "I know who distracted me" hoping to read that Rogers blamed himself for allowing himself to get distracted in the first place. Come on, Buck - stop passing the buck!

  • on August 1, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    @Sunil_Batra it really wasn't a terrific ball. It was too full and on his pads. Rogers had an ugly swipe across the line at it (as batsmen are prone to do when losing concentration) when he should have played straighter. He will be angry with himself.

  • H_Z_O on August 1, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Marvellous knock by Rogers today, deserved a century. Before today, I must admit, I had my doubts whether he could make the step up. He didn't look anywhere near the same player batting in Tests as he does in First Class. While he's not an overly aggressive batsman, he's also not a defensive plodder, but it seemed as if Watson being the "aggressor" made Rogers a little too timid at the crease.

    I wonder if the idea of Watson trying to bat time was part of the nets session, and as Rogers was there too, there may have been some encouragement for him to be a bit more "free". While he clearly places a high value on his wicket (something his teammates could learn from) he's usually quite a busy player and has this knack of scoring more quickly than you realise, and before you know it he's rocketed to 50.

    Saw a lot more of that from him today and this may well be enough to keep him in the side for quite a while yet. Good man to have around with a fairly young team.

  • on August 2, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    It probably wouldn't have happened without those distractions but the reality is as a test batsman you need to learn to put that stuff aside. I feel for Rogers though, given he was on track for his maiden test ton. Take out that and the ludicrous Khawaja call and Australia could have gone to stumps one down.