And why does he have to only be considered a replacement for Cowan. Why can't he come in for Watson or Smith? I think he would do a job for us at 3, but who knows maybe he could come in at 6 and take to it like Hussey? The point is simply that we have guys in the test top 6 who very legitimately could be dropped for consistent failure. The only thing that is saving them is the lack of alternatives. When our alternatives are as sparse as they are it doesn't make sense to put up artificial barriers to potential test batsmen. Rogers is keen, in form and has a record that puts everyone bar Clarke of the available options to shame. That's good enough for me to make him to be the obvious candidate to come in despite his age.