<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013: Chris Rogers relieved after scoring maiden ton" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130811083000.jpg" title="Ashes 2013: Chris Rogers relieved after scoring maiden ton" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Chris Rogers was unbeaten on 101 at the end of Day Two © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Chester-le-Street: Aug 11, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Chris-Rogers/post" target="_blank">Chris Rogers</a> said he was a relieved man after his <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Ashes-2013-Chris-Rogers-gets-maiden-ton-to-anchor-Australia-on-Day-Two-at-Chester-le-Street/29824" target="_blank">maiden Test century</a> left Australia well-placed in the fourth Ashes match against England at Chester-le-Street.<br /> <br /> Australia were 222 for five when bad light forced an early close to Saturday's second day, just 16 runs behind England's first innings 238, with 35-year-old opener Rogers 101 not out and Brad Haddin unbeaten on 12.<br /> <br /> Prior to this series, Rogers had spent five years in the international wilderness following his debut in 2008.<br /> <br /> But, having come close to a century with 84 in the drawn third Test at Manchester's Old Trafford, where England retained the Ashes at 2-0 up with two to play, Rogers finally reached the three-figure mark in his fifth Test.<br /> <br /> However, he spent 30 minutes on 96, during which time he was rendered scoreless while facing 19 balls, all from off-spinner <a href="/tags/Graeme-Swann/post" target="_blank">Graeme Swann</a>.<br /> <br /> But the veteran left-hander, who before Saturday had scored 60 first-class hundreds in a prolific domestic career in both Australia and <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a>, finally broke the shackles by sweeping Swann for four to go to his century.<br /> <br /> "I didn't have a care in the world," Rogers joked to reporters when he recalled his agonising wait on 96.<br /> <br /> "No, it was a nervous time. I got the score in the last game and thought that was maybe my opportunity. It was just a fantastic moment to finally get it."<br /> <br /> In contrast to many current players, there was no wild celebration from Rogers when he reached three figures, just a traditional raising of the bat.<br /> <br /> "I'm not a huge 'celebrator' but I guess after all this time playing a lot of domestic cricket, to get this opportunity is one that I never thought I would, and to get a hundred is just something you can only dream of.<br /> <br /> "I guess you just want to soak it up and that's probably why I was like that," Rogers said.<br /> <br /> Rogers, who made his first-class debut in 1998/99, said this innings meant he'd proved to himself he belonged at Test level.<br /> <br /> "I wanted to believe I was good enough but never knew. To get a hundred that's something that no one can take away from me."<br /> <br /> "It was emotional out there...It was my day today. There were so many things that went my way. You've just got to make the most of it and fortunately I did."<br /> <br /> Rogers was given out caught behind on 20 off Stuart Broad, who led England's attack with four for 48, before challenging umpire Tony Hill's verdict.<br /> <br /> The much-criticised Hot Spot element of the controversial Decision Review System indicated Rogers hadn't hit the ball.<br /> <br /> Although the ball hit Rogers' back pad, tracking technology said it would have just clipped the bails and the 'umpire's call' verdict meant Rogers was not out lbw either.<br /> <br /> "You know when you don't hit it," said Rogers, dropped on 49 by second slip Swann off Broad.<br /> <br /> "I knew the rule there. When it came up as 'umpire's call' I was pretty sure that I wasn't out."<br /> <br /> Broad produced a superb new ball spell that saw David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Australia captain <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a>, the tourists' star batsman, all fall cheaply as Rogers watched from the other end.<br /> <br /> "That was an unbelievable spell. I thought I was covering the ball and then it nipped away. It was a beautiful spell," said Rogers.<br /> <br /> "Fortunately I got dropped and played and missed a lot. You need that. These guys are top-class bowlers. You know that they're going to perform. To have a little bit of luck, I'll take it."