rogers should be in and around the place as a backup, because he has experience. but we shouldnt be dropping anyone for a four eyed colourblind ranga
Nah look, I'm not saying Rogers is ****house. He's not, he has a FC record worth respecting.
My issue is that we have all these people coming out saying its a disgrace he hasn't been picked. It really really isn't.
Rogers is a quality domestic pro. Unfortunately some people are destined to be that because they have a game that can hold up to state/county cricket but not higher levels. That's fine. What isn't fine is people coming out and saying he would improve the Australian team so much, when he actually wouldn't.
If you whack Watson, Warner and Hughes in the shield over an extended time they would beat the door down, they would consistently average 50+. Just because they go through form fluctuations at test level it doesn't mean they're no good, it's just that Rogers' form fluctuations don't get noticed.
Cowan is a little different because he performed solidly over the course of a couple of seasons in the toughest conditions in first class cricket. If he had spent the last couple of seasons in shield he would have clocked up impressive numbers too in all likelihood.
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Well those selectors have included the likes of Hilditch and Invers
I'm not getting the impression people think he'll turn things around for us. Just that he deserves the chance. Also if Hughes and Watson scored as decently as Rogers at fc level they would deserve a chance: Which they have been given.
Rogers form at fc level has been better than Cowan's recent solid few years as well. There maybe an element of time has past him by that explains Cowan getting a run while Rogers didn't. I did see him play his test along with a rep game where he made some runs against India I think. And yes he did look limited. So does Hughes. Warner has technical issues. Same with Usman. Smith shapes up funny too. Everything that is said about Rogers can be said about those ahead of him. He just has a weight of runs plus experience in England. Yep he could fail. I just think he deserves the chance against the backdrop of our test team.
I would be very surprised if Cowan scored as many runs as Rogers in FC cricket over the last couple season, if he was given the same chances. He never was anywhere near as prolific as Rogers.
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What he really needs is a good spell in the Shield to test your theory seeing as he can't make runs in tests either. There is no way on God's green earth that he's a better red ball bat than Rogers no matter how much more attractive he looks making his 20 or 30 before getting out.
I'd love to know if Invers was told to value ODI and T20 form when selecting the Test team when he was hired or if that his own deal. All that shoul be considered is red ball form/ability.
I think time has passed Rogers by. He wasn't good enough to get into the test team in his prime. He just gets mentioned now because we have issues they think he can paper over for a season or two.
The arguments against Rogers are he's old and looks ugly. They are weak as piss arguments. Of course if there was some 25y/o about that batted and scored like Greg Chappell we'd all be over that, but in the real world we don't have that luxury. A hard nosed pro like Rogers would be massive boost to the resillience of the side compared to what a show pony like Watson brings.
I think adub has the issue on Roger's potential value. Hopefully he can give some value for a couple of seasons giving our younger players more time to develop. I agree his presence in the squad could concentrate the minds of Cowan, Warner and Watson more acutely. A point mentioned by LHC I think.
While his FC record is good there is still a jump in level to Test cricket. I don't see the point unless we swap him for Cowan. If he comes in and doesn't perform immediately the heat will be on because then a short term fix has achieved nothing.
Averaged 42.9 or something for Tas
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and is in the 20s for NSW with a top score of 33.
His last Shield 50 was in Mar 2009 although granted he went on to make a big one with 145.
His non-test fc record is boosted by a good record in tour games for Australia and a short stint in England where he averaged 80, but you said he'd average 50 in the Shield, and his Shield record in no way indicates that to be right. Even at his best he never did, and the last two years against the red ball have been a long long way short of his best.
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