Chris Rogers: 17 interesting facts about the crafty left-hander

Chris Rogers, born August 31, 1977, is an Australian cricketer, a left-handed reliable top-order Test batsman. Suraj Choudhari lists 17 interesting facts about the man whose services will be dearly missed by Australia.

1. Sporting family: Rogers hails from a family of sports personalities. His father represented New South Wales cricket team and his cousin Ian Rogers is a competitive chess player.

2. Known as Bucky : Rogers is affectionately also known as Bucky .

3. Colour blind: Rogers suffers from colour blindness.

4. Debut for Western Australia: Rogers made his First-Class debut for Western Australia in the 1998-99 season.

5. Four First-Class counties: Rogers represented four English county teams, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Middlesex.

6. Double centuries galore: Rogers scored double century for all four teams he represented in the English county.

7. Played against Australia: In 2005, Rogers slammed a double century while playing for Leicestershire against Australia.

8. Australian contract: Rogers was the leading run-scorer in First-Class season of 2006-07 with 1201 runs at an average of just over 70. The successful run earned him a contract from Cricket Australia.

9. International debut at 30: Despite being a consistent run-scorer in First-Class cricket, Rogers donned the Baggy Green at the age of 30. He made his Test debut against India in January 2008 at Perth.

10. No 399: Rogers became the 399th Test player for Australia when Matthew Hayden pulled out due to an injury against India.

11. Comeback after five long years: After making a debut against India in 2008, Rogers remained out of the side for five years. He was recalled into the Test side for the 2013 Ashes in England.

12. Highest score in his final series: Rogers slammed an emphatic 173 in the second Test of the ongoing Ashes at Lord s which is also his highest score in Test cricket.

13. 45 Test innings before his first duck: Rogers played 45 innings without getting out on a duck; his terrific run was shattered by Stuart Broad, who got the better of him in the fourth Test of the ongoing Ashes at Trent Bridge.

14. 56th Australian: He became the 56th Australian to reach the 2000-run mark in Test cricket. He achieved this feat with his 43 runs knock in the fifth Test of the ongoing Ashes at The Oval.

15. Unique record: During the first Ashes Test at Cardiff, Rogers s 95 became the fifth batsman to score a half-century in seven matches on a trot without any of the seven being a hundred, according to Fox Sports.

16. Centuries in First-Class cricket : Rogers has 76 First-Class centuries to his name.

17. Run-machine: Rogers retired from international cricket after The Ashes 2017. In 25 Tests which he played for Australia, he amassed 2015 runs at a healthy average of 42.87. And in 313 First-Class matches, Rogers has gathered 25,470 runs at 49.55 with 76 centuries and 122 half-centuries.

(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)