New South Wales 2 for 51 and 201 v trail Victoria 427 (Rogers 106, Maxwell 92, Hussey 70, Katich 3-42, Henriques 3-75) by 175 runs Scorecard
Chris Rogers vented his anger about years of being ignored by Australia's selectors after he and Glenn Maxwell had taken Victoria to within reasonable sight of outright points against New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield match at the SCG.
Rogers' 50th first-class century was bolstered by 92 from Maxwell and 70 to David Hussey as the Bushrangers tallied 427, before Maxwell and Jon Holland spun out Nic Maddinson and the Blues' captain Steve O'Keefe in the hour before stumps to have NSW 175 runs behind with eight wickets and a day remaining.
While the departing Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke defended the soon to be outgoing chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch at CA's AGM in Melbourne, Rogers complained of a lack of communication with the men who chose Australian teams while he was compiling one of the most enviable batting records in the country,
Across 196 matches, Rogers has made 16,521 runs at 51.62, yet played only one Test for Australia, against India in Perth in January 2008.
"The last time I rang someone he never called me back," Rogers said. "That was pretty disappointing. When I got dropped from the squad I was told I had to go and score runs and I think I topped the first-class aggregate in the world for the next two years but still didn't hear much from them.
"I guess they didn't see me in their plans which is bad luck, but that's how it worked out."
Rogers fell to the first of three wickets for the left-arm wrist spin of Simon Katich, another batsman with plenty of hackles for the selectors. Rogers was equally blunt in his support of Katich, left without a CA contract despite carrying Australia's batting for much of the past two years.
"I massively feel for him, it was a disgraceful decision if you ask me," Rogers said. "That's their prerogative … but he is still one of the best six batsmen in the country from a personal point of view."
Among the more promising elements of the day were signs of improved rhythm from the young fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, playing his first Shield match for almost two years. After a wayward start, Hazlewood improved with each delivery on day three, ultimately finishing with 2-71, including the wicket of Andrew McDonald.