Chris Rogers played 25 Tests for Australia before retiring in 2015.© AFP
Chris Rogers has been named Victoria’s head coach with the former test opener pledging to turn more players from the state into permanent members of the Australian team. Rogers was a prolific run scorer at both the state and English county level, playing 25 tests before gaining experience in assistant coaching roles at Gloucestershire and Somerset. He joined Cricket Australia’s High Performance team in early 2018 and was head coach of the Australian under-19 team at the World Cup earlier this year.
One of his main missions will be to get more Victorians to play at the national level.
That includes working with young right-handed Will Pucovski, who was about to make his Test debut last year until mental health issues sidelined him.
“It’s about figuring out what he thinks he needs to do to take the next step and find ways to support that,” Rogers, nicknamed ‘Buck’ by teammates, said Wednesday.
Others he’d like to see play for Australia again include offensive batsman Nic Maddinson and opener Marcus Harris, who was dropped from the Test squad after nine appearances a year ago.
“I think I have something to offer a lot of them, but especially when it comes to opening hitters who are trying to make their way to the Australian side, not only push their way in and keep their spot, but are successful, ” he said. .
Rogers takes over from Andrew McDonald, who is now an assistant coach with the national team under Justin Langer.
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