All season Melbourne Stars opening batsman Tom Rogers has been searching for a respectable score.
Selected in every game in BBL|13, the opener went into the Melbourne Derby with 93 runs to his name at an average of 18.6. While Rogers had four scores above 20 for the season, his highest was 22 prior to last night’s game.
However, the left-hander put that behind him last night, as his unbeaten 42 secured an eight-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades. The 24-year-old hit six boundaries in the rain-affected match, with a Glenn Maxwell cameo the only thing stopping him from making a half century.
If Rogers could describe his feelings about the innings in one word, it would be relief.
“It’s always a bit of a relief to contribute to a win, four in a row now is massive,” he said.
“I’ve had a couple of starts this year and got out and probably been a bit all over the place mentally.
“But we’re up and rolling which is nice.”
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A key contributor to the improvement of Tom Rogers has been Stars captain Glenn Maxwell. The pair have put up unbeaten partnerships of 40-plus in two of their last three games, with 61 and 45 against the Hobart Hurricanes and Renegades respectively.
Rogers spoke on the influence of Maxwell and how his experience in high-pressure situations has benefited him.
“Pretty much he shoos me up the other end and says, ‘I’ll do it youngster’ and I get to watch which is great,” he said.
“But in all seriousness, he is very calming out there.
“For him to be out there calming me down and helping me through it because he’s done it so many times before is pretty nice.”
In match 100 for the Stars, Glenn Maxwell again fired with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 32 off 15, including three consecutive sixes off former teammate Adam Zampa.
Despite having the best seats in the house for ‘The Big Show’, Rogers remains baffled every time he watches Maxwell at the crease.
“I couldn’t imagine doing the things he does,” he said.
“When he goes to switch hit a guy who’s bowling 140 [kilometres], I can’t imagine doing that.
“You never really feel like you’re going to lose when he’s batting.”
Dramatically turning their season around, the Melbourne Stars currently sit fourth with three games remaining. They also have the luxury of remaining in Victoria for the rest of the season, generating the potential for hosting finals. Rogers is adamant that the Stars are not done yet.
“We’re certainly not putting a lid on it,” he said.
“We want to keep winning games and hopefully play deep into finals.”
The Melbourne Stars will host the Sydney Sixers at the MCG on Saturday night.