Former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers, who retired from international cricket after this year’s Ashes series, has agreed to join Somerset on a one-year deal for the 2016 season, the English county announced on Wednesday.
Rogers, 38, played 25 Tests for Australia, scoring 2015 runs at a healthy average of 42.87, with a top score of 173 at Lord’s earlier this year. The left-handed opener had defied age by becoming the mainstay of the Australian batting unit for the last 36 months. While Cricket Australia look to find an able successor to Rogers, the southpaw isn’t ready to give up on the sport just yet.
Rogers will be 39 when the next English county season comes to a close. “I’m really pleased to be joining a club of the stature of Somerset,” Rogers said in a statement. “I have always enjoyed playing cricket in England. There have been quite a few Australian players who have done really well down at Taunton and hopefully I can add my name to that list.”
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Somerset have said that Rogers is set to bat at No. 3 next season, meaning the opening pairing of Marcus Trescothick and 21-year-old Tom Abell will remain intact.
In a career spanning two decades, Rogers played for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire before a four-year stint at Middlesex, where he was captain until 2014. The former Western Australia batsman has scored 11,631 runs in 135 domestic first-class matches in England, averaging over 50 and scoring at least one double-century at each county side he has played for.
Rogers is widely considered the best first-class opener in English county cricket over the last 20 years.