Rogers up for Ashes challenge
Chris Rogers is determined to take his chance after being recalled to the Australia side for the upcoming tour of England.
The 25-year-old looked set to be labelled as a 'one-cap wonder' after making his Test debut for the Aussies back in 2008 as cover for the injured Matthew Hayden.
He made scores of four and 15 against India at Perth on that occasion and was then sent back into the wilderness of domestic cricket.
The left-hander had already played county cricket for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northants, before opting to join Middlesex in 2011 and he has thrived with the Londoners at the top of the order.
The Sydney-born batsman is back with the Lord's-based outfit this season but will link up with his Australia team-mates when they arrive for the five-match Ashes series in June.
And Rogers admits that he felt his chance of wearing the Baggy Green cap again had gone, with the selectors opting to bring in younger players to replace the retiring greats of the past 15 years.
"There were times I had probably given up a little bit," he said. "The selectors opted for the youth angle on a lot of 50-50 decisions, so I thought maybe they were going in a different direction.
"But I guess the fact that our results haven't been so good and people haven't nailed down their position has left it a little bit open."
Rogers has vast experience of English conditions and knowledge of the bowlers he will face this summer, and he is looking forward to making the most of his opportunity against a top Test team.
"It's a privilege to be involved but I have no doubt about the challenge ahead. I play with (Steve) Finny and have faced the likes Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann," he added.
"They are some of the best cricketers in the world. I'm going to have to be playing well to take the chance and make it count."