Australian batsman Chris Rogers has admitted that the decision of sitting out was an apt one. He praised the team doctor Peter Brukner for being right to rule Rogers out of the two Tests against West Indies, as he has suffered concussion as a result of the ball hitting him on the helmet in the nets. After some bad days, Rogers is hopeful that he is on his way to recovery.
“I got hit on the head when I was just a bit early on a pull shot,” Rogers said. “Then I was actually hit on the box and that’s when I walked away and was a little bit annoyed. To be honest, I didn’t think much of the hit on the head. I’ve been hit on the head quite a few times. I thought it was just another one.
Initially, Rogers was apprehensive of the incident, but as he suffered from headaches and dizziness, he decided to take rest for a while on the doctor’s advice. Still, he was worried about how long the symptoms have lasted even after the incident.
“You never want to miss a Test, especially for something I thought was fairly insignificant. I guess nowadays any knock to the head can make a difference. I just didn’t really think I’d have the headaches and the dizziness that have come with it. It’s been surprising but that’s what has happened.”
In the absence of Rogers, Shaun Marsh has filled up the position of the Australian opener and Adam Voges has fitted in the No.5 position. This creates a messy situation as now the selectors are in a fix ahead of the Ashes series next month as Rogers will definitely get preference due to his record in the English conditions.
Rogers has also said, “I had a hit today and that was a good sign. I haven’t felt any side-effects from that so I think I’m on the road to recovery now. After a while you want to be back in it and you feel a little bit left out when you’re not part of the team. But that’s natural and you just have to wait your turn.”