He cracked a half-century to lay the foundation for Australia’s first innings but opener Chris Rogers said he was “frustrated” and “disappointed” to miss out on a big score on the opening day of the third cricket Test against India in Melbourne on Friday.
The hosts finished at 259/5, thanks to Steve Smith’s 72 not out and Rogers’ 57 runs, which was studded with five boundaries.
“I am just frustrated really. I think three scores in the fifties is good in some respect but it is also very disappointing that the amount of handwork you put and then put yourself in that position. You can get a big score,” Rogers told reporters.
“So if you get out like that it’s pretty disappointing. I had felt good today and my feet were going well. I had a real desire to get a big score,” he added.
Rogers had been under pressure after a run of poor form but came up good with fifties in both innings in the second Test at Brisbane. He started well here as well, continuing from where he left off.
“That’s the nature of the beast. It is tough business. You know that you are going to come under criticism if you are not scoring runs. I am not stupid enough to think that I own a place in the side as it’s a privilege. I am just trying to make most of it,” said the opener.
Rogers shared a 115-run stand with Shane Watson who also belied a poor run of form to score 52 runs. It was the best stand for Australia on the opening day as it gave the latter batsmen a platform.
“We enjoyed out there being together, had a bit of a laugh and may be the different styles of batting helped us,” said Rogers about his partnership with Watson.
“He goes about hitting pretty hard and I let them come at me. May be we feed off each other so we have done well together, spending some time out there. A few misfields helped us. That dropped catch before lunch was crucial and it was nice to get a hundred-run partnership,” he said.
Rogers was full of praise for the Indian bowling though, as the Indians struck at regular intervals and restricted the Australian batting from running away on day one.
“They are certainly bowling to a plan. They have been working hard at getting David Warner, coming around the wicket, and went hard at Brad Haddin towards the end of the day as well. They are improving as an attack all the time and we have to keep fending them off,” he said.
“I find Ishant the toughest among them because of his angle. He comes across and swings the other way and still has that skill to get the ball straightened up. Today I felt he was the biggest threat. It was important that try and get through his spells,” Rogers signed off.