Rogers nears the end of late-blossoming career
37-year-old Australian batsman Chris Rogers has confirmed that he will retire after the final Ashes Test at the Oval, which starts on Thursday.
Despite announcing at the start of the summer that this series would be his last, some observers had thought that he might change his mind, especially after a decent run of scores.
But now there is no doubt. 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.
"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.”
He goes into the fifth Test with more runs in the series so far than anyone on either side, except England’s Joe Root. His total of 437 runs at an average of 62.42 features a magnificent 173, scored in his team’s victory in the second Test.
But it hasn’t all been plain sailing - a contributory factor in his decision to call it a day may have been the dizzy spell he experienced in that game at Lord’s which forced him to retire hurt.
He had previously been struck on the helmet while batting in the nets in the West Indies earlier in the year, a blow which had led to him missing two Test due to concussion.
Rogers’ Test career has certainly been a curious one. After making his debut in in the 2007-08 home season against India, he had to wait more than five years to play again, when, at the age of 35, he was called up for the Ashes series of 2013.
He made his opportunity count with a century in the fourth Test of that series at Chester-le-Street, and he has been one of the world’s leading batsman since then. Taking that first match out of the equation, he has scored 1,953 runs at an impressive average of 43.4.
Rogers says he hasn’t decided what he will do next. He may continue to turn out for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield as well as Middlesex in the County Championship, or he could move into coaching.