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“I’m one of the batsmen who hasn’t got a hundred, so (I’m) under a little bit of pressure”
Despite already having won the Ashes for the first time in five years, Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers feels that his series will not be fully complete unless he makes some big scores in the last two Test matches.
Rogers’ comments come after he only managed to amass 156 runs at an average of 26 in the first three Tests.
“Every game, I think that’s part and parcel of playing for Australia,” Rogers said. “I’m one of the batsmen who hasn’t got a hundred, so (I’m) under a little bit of pressure and probably haven’t got the runs I had hoped for this series. I haven’t been batting particularly well.
“There were a few things technically that haven’t been great, but I did a bit of work with (former Australia opener and batting coach) Justin Langer before the last Test and that was probably as good as I’ve felt.
“Hopefully that’s a good sign, but it all comes down to how many runs you get.”
Rogers is also looking forward to playing in his first ever Boxing Day Test.
“To play in front of a Boxing Day crowd, it doesn’t get any better,” he said. “It may be a world record crowd, so to go out and open the batting against that I think it’s going to be great fun – daunting, but amazing as well.
“I definitely don’t want to get out first ball, but to have the honour of facing the first ball in a Boxing Day Test would be fantastic.”
Rogers added that Australia are looking to humiliate England even more by whitewashing them 5-0.
“It wasn’t that long ago that we lost that second Test at Lord’s, and the pain we felt after that was probably one of the worst moments in my career and probably for a lot of the other guys as well,” Rogers said. “That’s still pretty fresh in our minds, so there will be no let-up. There’s a lot of passion in this side and I’m pretty sure we’ll want to keep beating the English.
“Three-nil in England, we didn’t think that was a fair result.
“But if we ended up being four-three or five-three up (after 10 consecutive Ashes Tests), we would end up being happy with that. So there’s a lot for us to play for.”