Rogers run scoring sure to spark Ashes selectors interest
VETERAN Victorian opener Chris Rogers has continued to pile on the runs, and the pressure on Australian selectors to give him a start in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on July 10.
The 35-year-old left-hander batted for more than seven hours in scoring a brilliant 214 for Middlesex at Lord's on Monday.
He faced 307 balls and hit 20 fours and two sixes during the county championship draw against Surrey.
It was the ninth double hundred of his first-class career.
The innings, which helped set a new record for the highest first-wicket stand in matches between the London rivals, after he and former Australian under-19 representative Sam Robson (129) shared a partnership of 259, did not go unnoticed.
Australian coach Mickey Arthur was one of the first to congratulate Rogers.
"He sent me a text saying 'well batted - save some runs for later in the summer'," Rogers said.
But Rogers is not about to get carried away by the double hundred.
"I'm in a good place and my game feels in pretty good order," Rogers, who has played just one Test, scoring four and 15 against India in Perth in 2008 after he replaced an injured Matthew Hayden, said.
"But to be fair, the pitch was pretty flat. You've still got to make things count though."
Rogers has proven to be a prolific run scorer in England since he first joined Derbyshire in 2004, scoring some big hundreds for all four counties he has played for.
His career-high is a mammoth 319 for Northamptonshire against Gloucestershire in 2006.
He also scored 219 for Leicestershire against the touring Australians in 2005, and in 2008, Rogers carried his bat while scoring 248 not out for Derbyshire against Warwickshire.
He averages more than 50 at three of the Test venues, but Rogers said even his vast knowledge of English grounds would count for nothing come the battle to regain the Ashes.
"It's a nice thing to have that familiarity with the grounds, but playing Test cricket is a lot different to playing county cricket," he said.