Chris Rogers captained Australia Prime Minister's XI against England © Getty Images
Chris Rogers captained Australia Prime Minister’s XI against England © Getty Images

London: Jan 14, 2015

Australian opener Chris Rogers has claimed that the national team would not tone down their aggressive approach to the game, even in the wake of teammate Phillip Hughes‘ passing.

The Australians went through an emotional time, especially skipper Michael Clarke and he spoke about Hughes’ spirit acting as a custodian of the game they all love. However, the calm did not last long as Australian and Indian players had a go at each other four days into their opening Test match at Adelaide, the Mirror reported.

Now, as the Australian’s prepare for a home World Cup, they insist that they would not lose any of their aggressive approach as they look to lift the title. Rogers expects to see those clashes seen during the India-Australia Test series continue into the summer during the Ashes when the best of enemies meet again.

Rogers, who captains the Prime Minister’s XI against England on Wednesday, said that he can understand that view, adding that looking from the outside it looks like a few flashpoints and a bit of spite but that’s just the nature of Test cricket. The opener claimed that everyone goes out there and competes as hard as they could and at times the anger does rise to the surface. He added that he would like to believe that it was pretty hard fought but everybody afterwards still gets on and what happens the field stays on the field.

Rogers said that with the fast bowlers they have in their side, it’s about being aggressive, and getting to the opposition, adding that he wouldn’t think things would change particularly with the Ashes coming up.