New Delhi: Australia received yet another setback with the news of Chris Rogers announcing his retirement after the 5th Ashes Test. The veteran left-hander, who has played 24 Tests for his country, has been the backbone of the team since he made his comeback in whites in 2013 Ashes series.
Michael Clarke was struggling to get the combination right and the decision to recall Rogers in the Test squad proved to be a masterstroke as the southpaw proved his mettle in his maiden Ashes series where he hit one century and two half-centuries.
Since then, Rogers has been a vital cog at the top of the order for Australia and his consistency has been the reason behind Australia's success in Tests.
Even in the ongoing Ashes, while the established names have failed to make an impact, the 37-year-old has accumulated 437 runs, which includes two half-centuries and a century.
His consistency is evident from his scores in the last 15 innings - 21, 55, 55, 57, 69, 95, 56, 95, 10, 173, 49*, 52, 6, 0.
He was a key player for Australia in the last two years, where he soaked the pressure at the top with a never-say-die attitude. While Australia experimented with his opening partners, he was someone who was rock solid at the top.
Now that Australia will enter another transitional phase, the team will miss their senior batsman, who never got the credit he deserved at the top of the order.