It has been a fantastic journey - Chris Rogers

Australia's Chris Rogers waves goodbye to the fans at the end of the fifth Ashes Test.
Australia's Chris Rogers waves goodbye to the fans at the end of the fifth Ashes Test.
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Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers, who played his final Test in the fifth match of the 2015 Ashes, termed his international career as a "fantastic journey".

Having made his Test debut in 2008 against India at Perth, Rogers was promptly dropped after scoring just 19 runs in the two innings.

Rogers got his second chance in the 2013 Ashes series in England, and since then he has been a consistent performer at the top of the order for Australia.

Subsequently, in 25 matches for his country, Rogers has amassed 2,015 runs at an excellent average of 42.87 with five hundreds and 14 fifties under his belt.

Reflecting on his retirement from the game, Rogers called it a sad moment, but felt privileged on finishing his career alongside Michael Clarke.

“Pretty sad actually (on retiring). I don't usually get emotional,” Rogers told Sky Sports.

“This is a sad moment, but I also want to enjoy it.

“It is a fantastic journey and having the honour of finishing at the same time as an Aussie great - that's amazing, pretty privileged.”

Rogers shared a light moment by saying that he will no longer miss fielding at short leg, but went on to state that he will surely miss cherishing the victorious moments with his teammates.

“Still not happy with the skipper about that (on being positioned at short leg).

“I think I have been hit on the head enough, I am not going to miss that.

“But I think I will miss the moments when you do win, the few hours after we get today – that is going to be (one of) the things that you do miss and I'm going to cherish tonight.”

In this edition of the Ashes, Rogers has been the second highest run-scorer overall, amassing 480 runs from five games at an average of 60.00 with a hundred and three fifties under his belt.

For his exploits with the bat in this series, Rogers was named as the Australian man-of-the-series, his first ever individual award in Test cricket.

Admitting that it is a special feeling to be given the award, Rogers felt mixed emotions as Australia lost the urn to England.

“I have never been up here, so this is pretty special.

“A bit bittersweet that we didn't win the series but nice to win the last Test, and be a part of Michael's last Test as well.”

Since making his debut, Rogers is the highest scoring batsman in Ashes cricket, scoring 1,310 runs from 15 games at an average of 48.51 with four hundreds and eight fifties to his name.

Rogers expressed his pleasure at being able to make a difference with the bat in conditions where it was not easy to score runs.

“I think I played the most both in England and Australia, so I probably had an advantage.

“It has been tough, my first series back against England a few years ago – that was exceptionally tough. And then again, this one.

“It has been hard work. The wickets have been tough, and England have bowled particularly well.

“But to stand up and make a little bit of a difference is something to be proud of.”

Rogers has the experience of playing county cricket in England for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, and Northamptonshire during his career.

The 37-year-old felt that it was fitting for him to finish his career in England, while thanking the crowd for supporting him.

“I'm a very proud Australian but I think it is quite fitting for me that I get to finish up over in England.

“I think England has been particularly good to me.

“I owe my time over here a lot.

“I have had a lot of support, so thank you very much.”

Rogers’ story of success despite getting his chances so late in his career, has been an inspiring one, but the left-hander humbly asserted that he was only trying to make the most out of his chances.

Having cherished many memorable experiences in his short international career, Rogers thanked his Australian teammates for making him feel comfortable in the squad.

“People ask me about that (his late selection), but first and foremost, I was playing cricket for a living - it is not the toughest life in the world. I was enjoying it.

“To get this late opportunity, I have tried to make every post a winner.

“To have had the experiences that I have had with these group of guys, I will never forget it.

“Thanks to the Aussie guys for making me feel so well.”

Chris Rogers’ and Michael Clarke’s retirement, heralds the beginning of a new era of Australian cricket under newly appointed captain, Steven Smith.

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