Introducing the Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame’s ‘Adopted Player’ CHRIS ROGERS – Journeyman Cricketer
There are many Australian cricketers in England at the moment but only one is the Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame’s “Adopted Player”. The Bradman Museum is proud to announce that it has adopted Chris Rogers for the 2013 Ashes series.
Born on 31st August 1977 in Sydney, Chris was born into a family with cricket in their blood! It is a little known fact that Chris’ Great-Great-Grandfather, William Rogers was President of the Gosford District Cricket Association way back in 1887. The cricketing linage continues on with both Chris’ Great-Grandfather and Grandfather, the William Rogers’, being highly rated very well-performed Gosford cricketers. Chris’ pedigree suggests that his rise through the cricketing ranks was somewhat inevitable, especially as his father; John Rogers, played for NSW between 1968-70 and later becoming the CEO of the WA Cricket Association. On a local level, Chris’ late uncle Derek Rogers maintained the cricket connections captaining the Wagga Wagga District cricket team for several years.
Enter young Chris Rogers. This image shows 5 year old Chris playing cricket in his maternal grandparents’ backyard. Watching on as Chris bowls to his brother David is his grandfather Rod Horn.
Image Courtesy of Chris Rogers.
In 1996 Chris was selected for the Australian Under-19 Team and later made his first class debut in 1998-9 for Western Australia. Chris finished the Australian first-class domestic season of 2006-7 as the leading run scorer with 1202 runs at an average of 70.70 which saw him named the State Player of the Year and Player of the Series. The highlight of the series came when he made 279 in a record stand of 459 (the third highest partnership in Australian interstate history) with Marcus North. In 2008 he left WA to play for Victoria.
During the mid-2000s Chris established himself in English County cricket, where he made the rare feat of scoring a double-century against his own country when Australia played his county team Leicestershire in 2005. He took over the captainship of Derbyshire in 2008 and joined Middlesex in 2011.
In 2008 Chris made his Australian Test debut as Australia’s 399th player replacing the injured Matthew Hayden for the WACA Test against India. After playing just one match, Chris made his return to the national squad five years later in 2013 for the Australian tour of England. In the first Ashes Test he made 52, his maiden half-century for Australia.
We are very pleased to have established a partnership and ‘adopted’ Chris Rogers as the Bradman Museum Australian Player. We look forward to following his record in the remaining 3 Test Matches.
Image Courtesy of Philip Brown.
Other Chris Rogers Cricketing Milestones:
- 2003-04 raised 4 Pura Cup centuries
- 2006 amassed a personal best 319 for Northamptonshire against Gloucestershire
- 2008 hit 248 not out for Derbyshire against Warwickshire; this meant Rogers had registered a double century for all four first-class domestic teams he had represented
- 2008 leading ODI run scorer for Victoria with 448 runs & 5 half-centuries. The following season came a career best 140 in the one-day format
The Bradman Foundation would also like to thank John Rogers for his assistance.