County Championship: Rogers hopes Middlesex can put Sussex defeat behind them
Middlesex captain Chris Rogers hopes his side can quickly put their disappointing start to the season behind them.
Last Updated: 09/04/14 4:52pm
Rogers was speaking after seeing Middlesex crumble to an innings and 127-run defeat to Sussex in their opening LV= County Championship Division One match at Hove.
The Australian opening batsman made 41 in Middlesex's second innings but they slumped from 89-1 to 154 all out following his dismissal, with Steve Magoffin (5-56), Jon Lewis (2-21) and James Anyon (3-67) doing the damage.
Rogers told Sky Sports News: "I think it was still doing a little bit, but credit to them, they have got excellent bowlers.
"In these kind of conditions Magoffin and Lewis, in particular, are very dangerous. They bowled well and we were poor to be honest. We have been all game so we have got to rectify that the next game.
"The other thing is if you lose the toss - first game of the year, April 6 - these things can happen. So it's not the end of the world, it's just a game of cricket and we'll be better for it.
"Individually, apart from Steve Finn, none of us put our hands up and that's going to change throughout the season. People are going to play a lot better than that. So it's a bad result but that's all it is."
Finn claimed 6-80 as Sussex amassed 386 in their first innings and Rogers was encouraged by the England paceman's form.
Rogers said: "The first night he bowled there wasn't much on and I was a little bit concerned but then he came out the next day and bowled beautifully really.
"I still think, and I think he would admit really, that he is about 60-70 per cent. But that's great signs for him and he will get wickets if he bowls well - so good signs for England."
Rogers had earlier been named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year and was delighted with the recognition.
"It's a fantastic honour and to join the list of people who have won this award before is fantastic so I am humbled and very grateful," he said.