On Wednesday, Former Australian Test opener Chris Rogers has been appointed as Cricket Australia’s new high-performance coach. His job will comprise of helping develop Australia’s next generation of stars. The 40-year-old called time on his career of 25 Tests after the end of the 2015 Ashes series and has been involved in multiple coaching roles since then.
Talking about Rogers’ appointment, CA executive general manager of team performance Pat Howard said, “Chris brings thoughtfulness, persistence, and passion for the role and combines this with a strong intellect. He has a wealth of cricket experience that will be invaluable to the players he will be working with. He enjoyed a successful career at both international and first-class level, succeeding in Australia and overseas.”
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He further elaborated, “From a coaching perspective, Chris has already been involved in roles with Cricket Australia’s pathways program – including as assistant coach at the recent Under 19 Cricket World Cup – and in the English County system. We’re looking forward to having Chris work with Australia’s next generation and watching him develop as a coach. We are confident he can have a big impact in molding our rising stars into future international cricketers.”
Rogers, who had a successful first-class career in Australia and England which lastest for almost two decades and more than 300 matches despite being color blind, will concentrate on the batting alongside fellow high-performance coach Ryan Harris, who will develop the bowlers.
The opener made 2015 runs at 42.85 and was an important player in the Michael Clarke-led Australian squad which whitewashed England in the 2013/14 Ashes and reclaimed the numero uno position in the ICC Test ranking four years ago.