Sydney: Cricket Australia said yesterday that colour-blind batsman Chris Rogers' decision to withdraw from a match in which a pink ball will be trialled would not jeopardise the opener’s Test career.
Rogers has pulled out of Victoria’s day-night Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania, starting on Saturday, citing his difficulties in detecting the experimental pink ball. “The selectors have reiterated that no player is judged on one match,” CA team performance manager Pat Howard said, indicating the left-hander’s withdrawal won’t be a major factor in Test selection.
“The four-man selection panel rate players on their consistency over a period of time and their ability to perform in pressure situations.”
Rogers put on a poor show in the recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, and at 37 his opener’s slot is under threat from the likes of Phil Hughes and Shane Watson.