Chris Rogers thinks Australia can win Ashes if pace bowlers perform
Chris Rogers told Cricket AM that he will add knowledge and experience to Australia's Ashes line-up.
Last Updated: 01/06/13 4:50pm
The left-handed batsman, 35, was handed a shock recall to the Antipodeans' team for this summer's clashes with England, having played his one and only other Test match, against India, back in January 2008.
But the Middlesex man, who posted scores of four and 15 at Perth's WACA ground five-and-a-half years ago, feels he will be a vital cog in his country's set-up following the retirements of fellow stroke-makers Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.
"A year ago I had practically given up hope of playing in the biggest series there is so it is amazing to get the call," said Rogers, who has also played county cricket for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
"When I found out about the call-up from [Australia chairman of selectors] John Inverarity I was pretty speechless, but I'm really looking forward to what's coming up and playing in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
"I guess I was picked because of my knowledge of English conditions and possibly because with Ponting and Hussey retiring [the selectors] wanted leadership qualities, which I hope to bring."
Rogers - who amassed an innings of 214 for Middlesex against Surrey in the County Championship earlier this term, the ninth double hundred of his career - does not believe Australia's recent 4-0 Test series defeat to India will significantly harm their Ashes bid.
And the Sydney-born player is confident he and his team-mates can regain the sought-after urn in 2013, provided their arsenal of pace bowlers, which includes Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson, hits top form.
Rogers added: "I don't think the loss to India helps and ideally you want to be in form - but the conditions were a world apart from what we'll experience over here and hopefully we'll be more comfortable in England.
"This is a huge but different challenge; there is a lot of expectation on England so we'll see how they respond - and an Aussie with his back to the wall is something to fear.
"I've played against the guys in our squad a lot and know how much talent is in that side, so if we step up and perform there is no reason we can't be competitive and put England under a lot of pressure, especially if our bowlers bowl well."