The Investec Ashes 2015 July 20, 2015

Rogers strong chance for Edgbaston

Chris Rogers retired hurt on the final morning of the Lord's Test © Associated Press

Chris Rogers is set to be clear to play in the third Test of the Investec Ashes series in Birmingham after scans cleared him of serious damage following his retired hurt on the final morning of the Lord's Test.

On day two of the Test, Rogers was struck on the helmet near the right ear by James Anderson, and two days later had to leave the field as he complained of dizziness while standing at the non-striker's end.

There was considerable concern for Rogers due to a recent history of concussion - he missed both Tests of the West Indies tour after being struck on the helmet by the Dominican net bowler Anderson Burton - and the team doctor Peter Brukner sought independent medical advice in London the day after Australia's 405-run victory at Lord's.

Rogers did not take the field after his dizzy spell but stayed with the team for their celebrations in the dressing rooms, after levelling the Ashes series at 1-1. Brukner said the signs of Rogers' progress were promising.

"Chris's condition is certainly improving. He has had scans and seen a specialist since yesterday to help determine the cause of his dizziness," he said. "The initial scans have cleared him of any serious damage and we await the results of further tests.

"It appears the most likely diagnosis is a delayed ear problem related to being struck on day two of the Test match. We are confident that this is something we can manage in the lead up to the third Test at Edgbaston.

"As a precaution he'll be reviewed by the specialist in London again on Wednesday morning before re-joining the touring party. Chris was not scheduled to play in the tour match against Derbyshire, so he has time to continue resting ahead of the Test match."

Having made his highest Test score of 173 and then 49 in the second innings at the time of his retired hurt, Rogers is a central plank of Australia's batting order in this series, though he has flagged he will most likely retire from international cricket after the Ashes.

"He's important for a period of time," the coach Darren Lehmann said. "I think he's made it clear he's not going to come on the next Ashes tour, although he'd probably like to, as a tour host. He knows these conditions so well, he loves England and he helps our batters out, that's the most pleasing thing.

"He helps our batters and bowlers about conditions here and for example Middlesex and Lord's, all the angles you've got to play with the slope. He knows them so well, he's a very important part of this tour."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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