Rogers ready to prove fit­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

CHRIS Rogers was to make an un­ex­pect­edly early re­turn to train­ing in the nets to­day, giv­ing the Aus­tralian opener two main ses­sions to prove his fit­ness for the third Ashes Test in Birm­ing­ham.

Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dizzy spells in the wake of be­ing hit in the head by a bouncer at Lord’s last week, Rogers was eas­ing back into his work on Satur­day with a few walk­ing laps of the field and run­ning wa­ter to team­mates in their tour match against Der­byshire.

How­ever, he was ex­pected to turn things up a notch yesterday in an op­tional ses­sion at Edg­bas­ton, in a de­vel­op­ment that should give med­i­cal staff a clearer in­di­ca­tion of how their left- handed star is placed.

Aus­tralia re­main highly op­ti­mistic and are giv­ing Rogers ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to play in the match, such is the vet­eran’s im­por­tance to vic­tory – as was ev­i­denced by his in­cred­i­ble 173 in the sec­ond Test.

The only is­sue for Rogers is time. He must con­vince the bosses, and him­self, that he’ll be 100 per cent by Wed­nes­day.

Aus­tralia tra­di­tion­ally only have a light ses­sion on match eve, mean­ing Rogers has two main op­por­tu­ni­ties to show he can get through a five- day Test.

Bat­ting coach Michael Di Venuto says when Rogers does re­turn to the nets, it will likely be at full throt­tle.

“He had a few un­der­arms this morn­ing and then went for a cou­ple of laps of the ground,” he said. “He’s slowly get­ting back into it.

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