Rogers hints at 2015 retirement

  • Last Updated: April 13 2014, 10:58 BST

Australia opener Chris Rogers has suggested that "in an ideal world" he would retire after next year's Ashes series in England.

Rogers: Could retire after the 2015 Ashes
Rogers: Could retire after the 2015 Ashes

The 36-year-old has enjoyed a late-career blossom on the international stage and was last week named as one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year.

Rogers was the leading run-scorer in the back-to-back Ashes series - following his recall after five years - before scoring his fourth Test century during Australia's recent series win in South Africa.

The left-hander has returned to captain Middlesex this summer and, while he admits he is enjoying life at the top, his advancing years means he has started to think about retirement.

"In an ideal world it would be nice to finish with the Ashes here next year, see out the season and then think about whether it's time to call it a day then," Rogers told The Sunday Times.

"But who knows? You're a long time retired and I love what I do, so it will be hard to say it's all over."

Rogers has backed his fellow Middlesex opener Sam Robson to earn his first England call this summer, and suggested Joe Root was not the right option to bat up the order.

Australia-born Robson has been touted as the man to partner skipper Alastair Cook after an impressive winter with the England Lions,.

"He's going to be a very good international player," Rogers said.

"He's got a good head on his shoulders. He's saying all the right things and his first focus is still Middlesex."

Rogers believes Robson is a better fit at the top of the order than Root, who struggled at the during the winter's 5-0 Ashes whitewash before being dropped.

"I don't particularly think he's an opener," Rogers said.

"He plays spin well and he's probably better suited to the middle order."

While Rogers is confident Robson is ready to play a part in England's new era, he thinks Steven Finn may need more time yet in county ranks.

Finn did not play a Test in Australia and was sent home during the limited-overs series after coach Ashley Giles deemed him "unselectable".

Concerns over the 25-year-old's action and confidence were allayed to some degree when he claimed six wickets in Middlesex's season-opener at Sussex last week.

But Rogers reckons Finn will still be better served by more time away from the limelight of the international stage.

"He's so young, there's so much time and he's just gone through a pretty tough period," he said.

"It might be better for him just to settle in, play cricket and get some confidence and belief back, even though he might not like me saying that."