Chris Rogers retires from first-class cricket

September 23, 2016
Category: International,
Chris Rogers retires from first-class cricket

Former Australian Test and Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers player Chris Rogers has announced his retirement from first-class cricket.

After retiring from Australian Test and domestic cricket at the end of the 2014-15 season, Rogers continued his first-class career overseas for Somerset in the County Championship.

It is there that Rogers, 39, leaves the game in style, scoring a century in each innings to help Somerset defeat Nottinghamshire and keep their maiden title hopes alive.

Rogers departed from Victorian first-class cricket as a champion, helping the Bushrangers claim their first Sheffield Shield title since 2009-10, and he will be hoping to do the same now with Somerset.

“That’s it for me,” Somerset captain Rogers told Sky Sports. “I have had a good career and to finish off that way is pretty special.

“I’m getting old. I am going to miss playing and the standing ovation from the crowd was very special, but it happens in all careers and it’s time to move on.”

Rogers exits with 25,470 first-class runs in 313 matches at an average of 49.55, including 76 hundreds and 122 fifties.

His 25 Tests, all but one played after his 35th birthday, saw Rogers score 2,015 runs at 42.87 with five hundreds and 14 fifties.

Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide paid tribute to Rogers on his career.

“Chris has had a big influence on all levels of cricket not only in Victoria and Australia, but internationally as well,” said Dodemaide.

“He is a highly respected player of the game and while he will be missed on the field, I’m sure he will not be completely lost to cricket.

“We congratulate Chris on a marvellous career, and wish him all the best in the future.”

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