Chris Rogers: Somerset sign ex-Australian Test opener for 2016

Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers played 25 Tests for Australia over seven years and made five centuries

Somerset have signed experienced former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers for the 2016 County Championship season.

Rogers, 38, who announced his retirement from Test cricket prior to this summer's Ashes series, will be joining his fifth English county.

The Sydney-born left-hander previously played for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northants prior to spending four years attached to Middlesex from 2011.

Teenage Kent wicketkeeper Ryan Davies has also signed on a three-year deal.

The England Under-19 international, from Thanet, who joined Kent's Cricket Academy as a 13-year-old, spent this summer on his first professional contract at Canterbury.

Chris Rogers' much-travelled cricket career
Chris Rogers has made 24,460 runs in 297 first-class matches runs at an average of 49.81. He has made 73 centuries, with a top score of 319 for Northants against Gloucestershire at Wantage Road in 2006.
He has also represented Western Australia and Victoria in Sheffield Shield cricket and played county cricket for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northants and Middlesex and Minor Counties cricket for Shropshire and Wiltshire.

Davies, 18, made his first-class debut against Derbyshire in June, going on to play five times, as well as three T20 Blast matches.

"These are great signings," said director of cricket Matt Maynard.

"Chris Rogers is an outstanding batsman with an excellent attitude towards the game. Our young players will learn a lot from him.

"Ryan Davies is a great young talent. I am excited about how we can help him develop in to the cricketer that we all think he can become."

Somerset, who already have an established opening pair in 39-year-old veteran Marcus Trescothick and 21-year-old Tom Abell, have revealed that Rogers will bat at number three.

"As soon as I heard that Somerset were interested I wanted to make it happen," said Rogers. "There have been quite a few Australian players who have done really well down at Taunton."

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