Colour-blind Rogers to skip trial

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - SPORT - Agence France-Presse ■ sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Cricket Aus­tralia said that colour-blind bats­man Chris Rogers’ decision to with­draw from a match in which a pink ball will be tri­alled would not jeop­ar­dise the opener’s Test ca­reer.

Rogers has pulled out of Vic­to­ria’s day-night Sh­effield Shield clash against Tas­ma­nia, start­ing on Satur­day, cit­ing his dif­fi­cul­ties in de­tect­ing the ex­per­i­men­tal pink ball.

“The se­lec­tors have re­it­er­ated that no player is judged on one match,” CA team per­for­mance man­ager Pat Howard said, in­di­cat­ing the left-han­der’s with­drawal would not be a ma­jor fac­tor in Test se­lec­tion. “The four-man se­lec­tion panel rate play­ers on their con­sis­tency over a pe­riod of time and par­tic­u­larly their abil­ity to per­form in pres­sure sit­u­a­tions.” Rogers put on a lack­lus­tre per­for­mance in the just com­pleted se­ries against Pak­istan, and at 37 his opener’s slot is un­der threat from Phil Hughes and Shane Wat­son.

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Chris Rogers has prob­lems pick­ing colours.

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