Chris Rogers fol­lows Clarke into re­tire­ment

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Chris Rogers is re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional cricket af­ter this week's Ashes fi­nale against Eng­land, the Aus­tralia opener an­nounced on Tues­day.

The 37-year-old joins his cap­tain Michael Clarke in re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional ca­reer af­ter the fifth Test. He said: "I have had an amaz­ing cou­ple of years play­ing for Aus­tralia and en­joyed it and been part of some pretty spe­cial things - but ev­ery­thing comes to an end."

Eng­land wrapped up the Ashes with vic­tory in the fourth Test that put them 3-1 up in the five-match se­ries. Tues­day's con­fir­ma­tion comes af­ter Rogers had sug­gested it was his plan to make the Oval his in­ter­na­tional swan­song in what will be his 25th ca­reer Test.

Rogers, who has more than 24,000 first-class runs to his name, made his Test de­but in 2008 but did not win his sec­ond cap un­til the start of the 2013 Ashes - at the age of 35. The de­ter­mined left-han­der has since scored five Test cen­turies, most re­cently in Aus­tralia's only vic­tory of this Ashes se­ries at Lord's.

Rogers suf­fered a dizzy spell in the sec­ond Test at Lord's and was forced off the field on 49 in Aus­tralia's sec­ond in­nings. Med­i­cal tests re­vealed the in­jury was re­lated to a bal­ance prob­lem in the in­ner ear caused when Rogers was hit on the hel­met by a James An­der­son bouncer dur­ing his Test-best 173 in the first in­nings. De­spite in­jury doubts he was able to play at the next Test at Edg­bas­ton. Ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion to ac­com­pany Clarke into re­tire­ment, Rogers added:

"You are never 100 per cent sure, but I felt like this (Test at The Oval) was the last one." "There's been a few things, par­tic­u­larly the head is­sues lately, so I am quite happy to call it a day."

"It's time for Aus­tralian cricket to make a few changes and bring in a few new guys, a few fresh faces." "It's go­ing to be a chal­leng­ing time, par­tic­u­larly for the new guys - but that's part of it."

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