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Fourth Ashes Test: Chris Rogers felt great after making his first Test hundred

Chris Rogers: Defied the England attack at Durham

Australia opener Chris Rogers said making his maiden Test century on the second day of the fourth Ashes clash at Durham is the highlight of his career so far.

Replying to England's 238, the Aussies looked in trouble at 49-3 and 76-4, but a gutsy 101 not out from Rogers and 68 from Shane Watson, who helped add 129 for the fifth wicket, took the tourists to 222-5 at stumps and potentially on course for a handy lead.

And the 35-year-old Rogers, who had played just one Test in his career prior to this series, rightly savoured reaching three figures for the first time.

"It feels pretty good," he said. "I've had a long career and didn't think I'd get this opportunity, let alone to score a hundred.

Australia's Chris Rogers talks to Wardy after making his first hundred at Test level.

"To get a hundred, is, I guess, the best moment of my career.

"To play for your country is unbelievable, to wear the baggy green and then to get a hundred, that's something no one can take away, and I'm extremely happy at the moment."

His team mates applauded rapturously when he reached the milestone and he added: "They appreciate what I've been through, they've been excellent to me since I've been a part of the side, and I'm grateful I could do that for the team."

Different

He reached his ton with a brave swept four off Graeme Swann and said: "He was bowling well and hadn't bowled a bad ball for a long time. I had to try something different and so I went for the sweep.

"To play for your country is unbelievable, to wear the baggy green and then to get a hundred, that's something no one can take away, and I'm extremely happy at the moment."

Chris Rogers

"Playing Swann is hard work. He wasn't going to give me anything, so I had to make something happen."

Regarding the overall situation, he said: "There's a long way to go. I thought we had a very good day yesterday, then we were up against it early on today with a few wickets going, but we fought hard.

"We need to get a lead, I don't think this wicket is going to get any better.

"The new ball will be another challenge. If we can get through it and then bowl well, hopefully we can get a win on the board."