Chris Rogers, former Aussie Test opener, has been appointed as Australia’s high-performance coach for two years. He will take up the job in May till 2020.
Rogers, who played his first Test against India in 2008, made his comeback to don the baggy green again in Ashes 2013/14 played in England.
It was his county form before the tour of England that saw him gaining his top spot back. He went onto play another 24 Tests before retiring after the completion of 2015/16 Ashes.
In total, he had played 25 Tests where he scored 2015 runs at 42.87, including five centuries.
He retired from the first-class format in 2016, with his last game coming for Somerset. He scored a century in both the innings in his final first-class contest.
Rogers then moved towards coaching and was appointed as the coach of Australia A, along with Jason Gillespie and Brad Haddin, for South Africa tour. However, Australia opener backed out owing to the pay issue.
Rogers worked with Austalia U19 during the U19 World as Assistant coach. Ryan Harris performed the duty of Head Coach.
“Chris brings thoughtfulness, persistence and passion to the role and combines this with a strong intellect. We’re looking forward to having Chris work with Australia’s next generation and watching him develop as a coach. We are confident he can have a big impact in moulding our rising stars into future international cricketers. He has a wealth of cricket experience that will be invaluable to the players he will be working with. He enjoyed a successful career at both international and first-class level, succeeding in Australia and overseas,” Pat Howard, CA’s Executive General Manager said.
His appointment can also be as seen as next step in line to replace Darren Lahmann after he steps down from the post. He had announced that he would stay as the coach of the side until Ashes 2019.
Many of the former stalwarts, including Shane Warne, have shown interest in the job and Rogers’ appointment looks a step in the course.
Ricky Ponting worked with the T20I side, and he is also in the race to the post of Head Coach.
Presently, the Aussie team headed by Lehmann is in South Africa to play the four-match Test series. Both the sides have won a game each, and the series stands level at 1-1.
The next Test match of the of the series will start on March 22 at Newlands in Cape Town.
Australia’s tour of England in June will be the first series for Rogers as high-performance coach. Australia are scheduled to travel England in June to play five ODIs and one T20I.
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