Veteran Rogers not to 'waste second chance' following Ashes squad selection

Sydney, Apr 25 (ANI): Experienced Australian cricketer Chris Rogers has said that he will not waste his second chance at playing a Test match after his selection in the Ashes squad as he fears that he will never get another chance to play for Australia.

Despite going on to score nearly 10,000 runs in his almost decade-long stint in England that began in 2004, Rogers has only ever played one Test for Australia, against India in Perth in 2008, News.com.au reports.

Stating that he had been discouraged when it seemed that the selectors were looking for younger players to fill the Ashes squad, the 35-year-old Rogers said that he was surprised at his selection as he did not think that he would be given a chance to play, adding that the fact that he had been playing quite well for a period of time has probably helped his cause.

According to Rogers, he plans to prepare for the series in the same way he would for any other match, adding that he is much calmer now even though it has been five years since he made his Test debut, which he termed a 'whirlwind'.

Rogers further said that although he would prefer to continue at the top of the order for Australia, he would be happy to slot in anywhere, adding that with his experience, he is confident that he will not be intimidated by the big names in England. (ANI)

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