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Chris Rogers says Australia will miss Shane Watson’s services against South Africa

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Chris Rogers has played 257 First-Class matches in his 17-year career © Getty Images

Feb 9, 2014

Though Australia’s Chris Rogers has 17 years of First-Class experience behind him, still at the age of 36 he will be trying to find his feet against the South African pacers in the upcoming series in the Rainbow Nation.

Rogers has played just three of his huge tally of 257 First-Class matches away from either Australia or England, with two in Pakistan for an Australian ‘A’ side in 2007 and the other one being an exhibition match for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in Dubai, reported WAToday.

It looks like Rogers will definitely take some time to adapt to conditions in South Africa after he was struck in the midriff during a net practice session on Tuesday at Centurion.

Also Rogers did not fare that well in a practice game at the Wanderers on Friday after he got out facing just 11 balls and also took up an hour facing the Australian quickies in another session on Saturday.

Rogers approach to batting is more about survival rather than scoring runs and it may well hurt him against the South African pacers if he fails to quickly adapt to the conditions present.

“He batted better than me. Though that probably wasn’t that hard today. Any stage you can get out on the centre wicket and face these bowlers is gold. That was tough, hopefully it doesn’t come any tougher than that, because if it does I’m in trouble,” said Rogers when asked about his batting partner Alex Doolan and their stints in the middle.

“But it was a good challenge and sometimes you get a bit worried that one’s going to kick at you or something like that, but that’s part of the challenge as well. Then you can be happy for the rest of the session,” added Rogers.

Australia who have lost their No 3 batsman Shane Watson due to a calf injury will now have to look at his replacement for the slot in the upcoming Test at Centurion on February 12.

“He gives us good balance. Obviously his batting is important to us, but then he can give us a few overs and he catches them at first slip. So bad luck to Shane Watson, but whoever comes in, hopefully they can do a good job,” concluded Rogers about Watson, who he feels was an important part of the Australian team’s plans.

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