Prolific Australian batsman Chris Rogers has agreed a deal to return to Derbyshire as captain for the 2010 season.
The 32-year-old, capped once by his country, scored 1,461 first-class runs including four centuries and two double-centuries and he also scored 723 runs in limited overs cricket in the second year of his second stint at the county last year.
Head of Cricket John Morris is delighted that Rogers will be returning to the County Ground:
“Chris has performed exceptionally well throughout the last two campaigns and we are delighted to be welcoming him back for another season.
“Possessing a wonderful appetite for runs – illustrated in him scoring over 2,000 runs in all competitions in 2009 – and with an excellent professionalism in his game, Chris sets a fine example to the rest of the team and really has led the way as captain this year.
“From the captaincy point of view it is great to have continuity. The team responded well to Chris as captain of the team last year and I have been delighted by how committed he is to the cause and how keen he is to return to Derbyshire for another season in 2010.”
Rogers' runs, which helped Derbyshire finish in sixth place in the LV County Championship Division Two having mounted a promotion challenge that lasted until the penultimate day of the season, came despite him missing the first three matches of the season due to visa problems.
Having scored double-centuries for all four first-class teams he has represented, Rogers has scored 12,865 first-class runs in all and his solitary Test came in January 2008 when he scored four and 15 in Perth.
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