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Australia's Rogers to retire from test cricket

18 August 2015, 18:04

London Chris Rogers will retire from test cricket after the final Ashes match against England, becoming the third Australia player to end his international career on the tour.

The 37-year-old opening batsman said Tuesday he will take a break from the sport after the Ashes and consider whether to continue playing at domestic level.

"I'm 38 this month and I feel old," Rogers said, "and there's other things to do in life as well. That's important.

"I've been lucky enough to play cricket as a living for nearly 20 years and it's been amazing and a privilege but everything comes to an end."

Rogers made his test debut in 2008 but didn't win his second cap until the 2013 Ashes series. He will play his 25th test when the fifth and final Ashes test starts at The Oval on Thursday. England holds a 3-1 lead and has already won the series.

Rogers has five test centuries — the most recent coming in the second test at Lord's. During that test, he was hit on the helmet by a short ball from England paceman James Anderson, forcing Rogers to retire hurt after a bout of dizziness.

"Health is obviously the most important thing, but I guess when you get to 37, 38, you're starting to wonder whether your reflexes are slowing down," Rogers said. "I've just been hit in the head a few too many times for my liking of late. And facing (Australia teammates) Mitch Johnson and Mitch Starc in the nets isn't my definition of fun, so I think I'm well aware that Father Time is probably calling."

Fast bowler Ryan Harris quit because of injury before the Ashes series began and Australia captain Michael Clarke announced after the fourth test, which England won to regain the urn, he will retire after the Ashes.

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