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Rogers makes move into full time coaching

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Former Test opener Chris Rogers has been appointed as a high performance coach by Cricket Australia.

Rogers' brief will be to develop the country's next generation of star batsmen at CA's National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

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The 40-year-old has held several roles with CA since his international retirement in 2015 but this job is his first foray into full-time coaching.

A prolific run-scorer at first-class level in Australia and England before starring on the Test scene late in his career, Rogers is regarded as one of the finest batting technicians in the country.

He most recently worked with Australia's under 19 team at this year's World Cup and has also been an assistant coach for the CA XI teams which faced England.

Rogers also has vast experience in England's county system as a long-time player then batting coach and player mentor for Somerset last year. He is due to start his role in May and is contracted through to mid 2020.

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"We’re excited to have Chris on board, and know he will be an outstanding addition to our coaching team,” CA's high performance boss Pat Howard.

"Chris brings thoughtfulness, persistence and passion to the role and combines this with a strong intellect. He has a wealth of cricket experience that will be invaluable to the players he will be working with.

"He enjoyed a successful career at both international and first-class level, succeeding in Australia and overseas.

"From a coaching perspective, Chris has already been involved in roles with Cricket Australia’s pathways program – including as assistant coach at the recent Under 19 Cricket World Cup – and in the English County system.

"We’re looking forward to having Chris work with Australia’s next generation and watching him develop as a coach. We are confident he can have a big impact in moulding our rising stars into future international cricketers."

Rogers, who played 25 Tests, was one of the best batsmen of his time in the Sheffield Shield but it was not until the twilight of his career that he was given an extended chance in the baggy green.

The opener made 2015 runs at 42.85 and was an important player in the Michael Clarke-led Australian team which whitewashed England in the 2013/14 Ashes and reclaimed the number one Test ranking four years ago.

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