Rogers 'Ashes ready'

Veteran Chris Rogers says he can play without fear when Australia bid to regain the Ashes later this summer.

Last Updated: 07/05/13 at 12:37 Post Comment

Rogers, 35, is included in the tourists' squad despite having only one previous Test appearance to his name - against India at Perth in 2008.

However, the Middlesex captain told Sky Sports that he believes his experience will stand him in good stead and he has plenty of advice to offer the younger players in the squad.

"I don't have a lot to lose, to be honest," said Rogers, who counts Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire among his former clubs. "I can go in and just take this opportunity and whatever happens, happens.

"Maybe I was a little bit nervous in that first Test but with a couple of months to go before the Ashes I can settle into it and when it all starts I'll be ready."

Privilege

Rogers, who has over 19,000 runs to his name at an average of more than 50, struck a double-century against Australia when he was playing for Leicestershire in 2005.

Vastly experienced in English conditions, he is looking forward to the challenge of trying to nail down a place in Australia's top-order.

"We know the ball is going to swing in England so having a lot of top-order batsmen who are used to the swing is probably a good thing for us," he reflected.

"It is a privilege to be in and around and part of an Ashes tour. Walking through the Long Room and coming down [to bat] at Lord's is just a magnificent honour.

"Hopefully I can provide some of that leadership and experience and I will be making sure that I have a good time as well."

Click on the video above for the full interview, including Rogers' thoughts on...

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS: His thoughts on facing Middlesex team-mate Steven Finn

Watch the Ashes on Sky Sports this summer, starting with the first Test on Wednesday July 10.

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