Rogers admits to sleepless night ahead of Second Ashes Test
Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers says he has had a sleepless night worrying over his Test career before finding form against England in the second Ashes Test on Thursday.
The 36-year-old, fearing his Test career could be over if he did not post a high score after a poor performance in the Brisbane Test, scored a brilliant 72 in Australia's first-day total of 273 for five.
Rogers, who scored a combined score of 17 runs in two Brisbane innings, faced 167 balls in his resilient knock before he was out after trying to hit spinner Graeme Swann through the covers, only to be caught behind by wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
Swann has now dismissed Rogers seven times in Tests, but it was an improvement for the opener after a poor opening match in Brisbane.
Asked whether he felt the pressure going into the Adelaide Test, Rogers told reporters: "Quite a lot. A bit of a sleepless night last night. At my age, probably two bad games is a bit dangerous.
"So it was important to get some runs on a pretty good wicket today."
Rogers, playing in his eighth Test, was pragmatic about not making an even bigger score or going on to his second century in Test cricket.
"Of course, if you get to that total, you want to go and make it count," he said.
"But that ball spun from out of nowhere, probably would have got me out quite a few times if I faced it again.
"I felt better today, but he (Swann) still got me out.
"It's still a challenge, no doubt about it. He's a class bowler, particularly against left-handers. Hopefully there's a few more battles to come."