ASHES: Rogers proves his mettle

Journeyman Chris Rogers is the second oldest player to make a century for his country. It may be a match winning one.

Chris Rogers is a patient man. On the verge of his debut Test hundred, Graeme Swann sent down no fewer than 20 dot balls. Rogers, stuck on 96, let his nerves show; two leading edges fell just short of a fielder, and twice he played and narrowly missed. In the pavilion Michael Clarke had his head in his hands unable to look but Rogers waited until Swann bowled one on middle and leg and he found room at last to sweep to the square leg boundary. He is just 21 days short of his 36thbirthday and in only his fifth Test match he had become the second oldest player to make his first hundred for his country, the first being in the 19th century.

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