I can make Shane Watson go from good to great, says Chris Rogers

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Rogers attributes Watson’s low century count to a lack in concentration

Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers believes he can turn all-rounder Shane Watson from a good batsman to a great batsman if he listens to the advice Rogers offers him.

Watson, who is also Rogers’ opening partner, has only scored two centuries in 42 Test matches, which Rogers puts down to a lack in concentration.

Rogers noted that once Watson becomes comfortable at the crease, he can make batting look like a breeze, but a poor or mistimed stroke is often responsible for the all-rounder’s demise.

“I was trying to drive him,” Rogers said. “Only because he was in many respects far better than their attack but his challenge is to bat for long periods of time, which he certainly has the skill and the temperament to do. It’s up to him now. Hopefully if I get the chance I can help with that a little bit as well.

“He was outstanding – I haven’t seen a bloke down the other end hit the ball as well as that for a long time. So it’s a good sign, he’s in excellent form and I thought we got on well and communicated well, so that was a good start for us.”

Rogers has warned Watson about playing cross-bat strokes to short-pitched deliveries and instead advised him to sway out of the way.

“I think with batting it’s about keeping in your own little bubble and making sure your focus is strong and that you’re setting yourself to bat for a long time,” Rogers said. “Over my career that’s been one of my skills, so maybe I can just give a little bit of insight into that.

“You can’t concentrate [constantly] for that amount of time and it’s about focusing. That’s a skill as well. To bat long periods of time you have to be able to do that there’s no doubt, and there’s techniques to that, and at times I’ve been able to do that well.”

The 35-year-old Rogers also praised coach Darren Lehmann and batting coach Michael Di Venuto for helping correct flaws in the techniques of other batsmen.

“I think the fact Darren Lehmann and Michael Di Venuto [the batting coach] have been in and about England and able to pass on plenty of info has been good,” he said. “I’ve been able to do my own thing and just help out when and if required.”

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