Victorian opener Chris Rogers backed to be an Ashes team player

March 13th, 2009 - 2:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Mar.13 (ANI): After scoring over 1000 first class runs in the 2008-09 season and being recognized as Australias One Day Player of the Year, Victorias Chris Rogers is being rated as a possibility for the upcoming Ashes tour in England.
If he scores again in the Sheffield Shield final against Queensland starting at the Junction Oval today, he could make the national grade as the third opener in the Ashes touring party - a position his coach Greg Shipperd and skipper Cameron White agree is Rogers for the taking.
Shipperd, according to the Herald Sun, has also cleared up the misconception that Rogers hasn”t been picked for Australia because he is a dressing room loner. “Our estimation of him is that he’’s a true professional and a real giver in the dressing room. He’’s been an outstanding acquisition to our team,” Shipperd said. White agreed entirely.
“He (Rogers) would be the obvious choice. Knowing that he’’s done well over there in all forms of the game over the past number of years,” White said.
“He’’s experienced and played in English conditions for six or seven years now and done exceptionally well opening the batting.”
“So if they are after someone in form in Australia and making lots of runs, opens the batting and knows England, it would make a lot of sense to choose Chris Rogers. As far as Chris fitting into our group, he’’s only bettered it - on and off the field.
“He’’s given us a lot more than the thousand runs you”ve seen on the field, he’’s embraced our culture and improved our group on and off the field. He’’s a quality player and a quality bloke.” (ANI)

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