Australian opener Chris Rogers, who officially announced his retirement today was seen training with his “retiring partner” and skipper Michael Clarke ahead to the fifth and final 2015 Ashes Test at Oval. While Rogers had already revealed about the ongoing series will be his last even before the first game went underway, Clarke gave a blow to the team by the news on the third day of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge when the visitors had surrendered the Urn to England with a 1-3 loss. The hashtag, “#ThanksBucky” is trending on twitter as the social media is flooded with tributes for one of the easily best openers cricket has seen so far. READ: #ThanksBucky: Twitter pays tribute to Chris Rogers

 

The top scorer for Australia in the 2015 Ashes with 437 runs from four games, Rogers, said: “I have had an amazing couple of years playing for Australia and enjoyed it and been part of some pretty special things, but everything comes to an end. You are never 100 per cent sure, but I felt like this (Test starting at The Oval on Thursday) was the last one. There have been a few things, particularly the head issues lately, so I am quite happy to call it a day. It’s time for Australian cricket to make a few changes and bring in a few new guys, a few fresh faces. It’s going to be a challenging time, particularly for the new guys but that’s part of it.” READ: Chris Rogers announces international retirement

It is expected that Brad Haddin and Shane Watson may be closer to their respective Test retirements in no time—both axed from the Australia XI during this series— will find it tough to win back their places. With retirements of Clarke and Rogers, Steven Smith and Co will definitely have a tough time to pass through the transformation phase. And the upcoming tour of Bangladesh will be their first assignment post Clarke-Rogers era!