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Rogers thrives after sleepless night

By AAP .
5 December 2013 09:17PM EST

CHRIS Rogers isn't flying war fighter planes over Britain like Keith Miller did, but he does have a vague understand of what pressure is.

And starting the summer with two poor Tests at the age of 36, that's pressure. At least in a cricketing sense.

So while Rogers was disappointed to get out for 72 on day one of the second Test against England at Adelaide Oval, missing out on a possible second hundred at the top level, the left-hander knows at least he has kept the wolves from the door.

"Bit of a sleepless night, last night," Rogers said on Thursday.

"At my age probably two bad games is a bit dangerous. It was important to get some runs on a pretty good wicket today."

Rogers had received no indication his grip on his Test spot was getting shaky after scores of one and 16 in last month's Brisbane Test.

But a bit of pressure isn't going to hurt, he reckons.

"I don't even know if it is two games," he said.

"It's probably the pressure I put on myself. Sometimes that's a good thing.

"If that's the way my career is going to go, then I just have to accept it."

Seven of Rogers' eight Test appearances have come in 2013 and he's not keen to jump off just yet.

He does however have dumped Test opener Phil Hughes on his tail with two Shield hundreds for South Australia - not that it compares to Miller's legendary quip regarding pressure being a German fighter plan on your tail.

While the ginger-headed, bespectacled Rogers doesn't have the rock-star looks of late Aussie Test great Miller, he's showing plenty of fight.

"I play better under pressure," Rogers said.

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