Former Test opener Chris Rogers named new Victorian coach

Former Test opener Chris Rogers has been appointed the new coach of Victoria.

A two-time Sheffield Shield winner with the Vics, Rogers replaces Andrew McDonald who left to become Australian coach Justin Langer’s senior assistant.

Rogers, who racked up a mammoth 33,458 runs throughout his playing career, including 2,015 runs in 25 Tests, had been part of Cricket Australia’s High Performance team, and coached the Australian Under 19 team in the World Cup earlier this year.

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“I’m really excited about the job and I’d like to thank Cricket Victoria for the opportunity. It feels a bit like I’ve come full circle in playing for Victoria for seven years and now coming back into the fold as the senior coach,” Rogers said.

”I’m looking forward to working with this talented squad of players and coaches. I’ve been lucky enough to work with many of the Victorian players in recent years and I look forward to working with them to achieve individual and team success.”

“Due to the impact of coronavirus, we know this season will come with some very new challenges for us, but we’ll continue to prepare as best we can and come ready to play when the time is right,” Rogers said.

The 42-year-old beat out a field including former Australian and Victorian batsman Brad Hodge and Melbourne Renegades coach Michael Klinger for the role.

Victorian cricket boss Shaun Graf led a selection panel that included Victorian captains Peter Handscomb and Meg Lanning, Cricket Victoria CEO Andrew Ingleton and former Victorian Coach Greg Shipperd.

“I’ve known Chris a long time now having been involved with his initial recruitment from WA. His desire to get the best out of the talent he was given will hold him in good stead as he prepares our young talented squad for the challenging season ahead,” Graf said.

“He’s worked extensively with elite talent throughout the CA pathway system and has shown an ability to improve and develop players for the long-term. On the field he was an extremely gritty competitor, we know he’ll bring that determination and resilience into the squad.”

Rogers is due to commence duties with Victoria next week and is contracted through to the end of the 2022 domestic season.

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Russell Gould is a senior Herald Sun sportswriter with nearly 20 years experience across a wide variety of sports from cricket to golf to rugby league to horse racing and AFL, writing both news and in depth fea…

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