ALEX HEINKE reports.
Australian opener Chris Rogers has confirmed he will call time on his Test career at the conclusion of the 2015 Ashes series.
Rogers was often the top order rock for the Australians and showed patience on and off the field after he waited five and a half years for a Test recall.
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The opener leaves at the peak of his powers and is set to be Australia’s leading run-scorer in the five-Test series.
As the debate rumbles over who should partner David Warner on the coming tour of Bangladesh, Rogers told ABC that he hopes his replacement is given a proper chance to shine.
“They are going to go through tough times because international cricket is very difficult so it’s whether the selectors can be patient enough and stick with them,” Rogers said.
“It’s going to be a challenging time. It is about them learning and learning on the job… then it is about having patience with them.” he said.
The 37-year-old’s rise up the batting ranks is proof hard work, resilience and patience pays off.
Rogers played one Test in 2008, when Matthew Hayden was injured.
The veteran did not get another look-in until the 2013 Ashes, when selectors recognised his immense county experience and Sheffield Shield runs.
They overlooked the fact he was 35.