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Test opener Chris Rogers hits Shield century

Melbourne: Test opener Chris Rogers struck 117 in his second innings for Victoria on Saturday, adding to his 88 in the first as he played himself into form ahead of the Ashes series against England.

Rogers, whose formidable levels of concentration have helped him to bat for nine-and-a-half hours in the Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales in Melbourne, struck 10 fours and one six from 235 deliveries in his century.

The 36-year-old left-hander fell caught at mid-on to Test spinner Nathan Lyon.

Rogers started the day on 96 and needed just two balls to reach his 63rd first-class 100 off 193 deliveries.

“He’s giving himself more options and he’s identified areas to score,” Victoria coach Greg Shipperd said of the six-Test veteran’s off-season attempts to build a more attacking game against spin by seeking advice from former Test batsman Dean Jones.

Cricket Australia are scheduled to name a squad on Tuesday for the first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane, which starts on November 21.