Ashes series: Chris Rogers hopes county experience will be of benefit to Australia
Chris Rogers admits Australia cannot rely too heavily on captain Michael Clarke in the upcoming Ashes series.
Last Updated: 08/07/13 9:21am
Having initially been a surprise selection in Australia's squad, left-hander Rogers will open with Shane Watson for the five-Test series against England.
The Middlesex batsman's only other appearance for his country came back in 2008, but he has been given a second chance to play international cricket at the age of 35.
Now, ahead of the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, which can be seen live on Sky Sports, he is determined to make an impact against England's strong seam attack, particularly if it eases the burden on Clarke's shoulders.
"We can't leave it all up to Michael," he said. "If we're to win this then the other guys really need to stand up and I think we need 11 contributors out there.
"There's a role for all of us, particularly in the top order. We know they're going to come hard and they have excellent bowlers.
"Our guys are in good form, though, as we've shown over the last few weeks. We're ready to go and hopefully we'll have a little bit of luck and put some pressure back on them."
Rogers and the rest of the squad were unable to see the pitch during their training session in Nottingham on Sunday as the covers were still on.
However, he has been able to offer some inside information on what type of surface to expect having spent time with numerous English counties, including most recently Middlesex.
"I don't think it's a responsibility but I think it's something I can help the other guys with," he added.
"Whether it's talking about the intricacies of the wickets over here or things like the varied bounce or the swing, hopefully I can help the other guys while I'm out there with them.
"I've got to be out there for a while to make that happen too."