MIDDLESEX fans might hope Chris Rogers does not make too many more centuries - after he admitted he is at his best in a crisis.
The gritty Aussie made his first ton for the Lord’s tenants this week as they battled in vain to avoid their first Championship defeat of the season at home to Glamorgan.
The 33-year-old’s gutsy rear-guard effort of 125 came after Middlesex found themselves a massive 372 runs in arrears against their Welsh visitors.
And while others floundered under the psychological pressure of such a deficit, the left-handed opener revealed it is those sort of situations he relishes.
He said: “A big deficit is probably a bit of a spur to be honest. They are the sort of situations I tend to do better in because they tend to give you a target whether it be time or runs or whatever, but I find that focuses the mind a little bit and makes me get into a bit of a fight.
“I enjoy those circumstances more than most I’d say.
“You would like to score a century and win – there’s no doubt about that, but at any stage you are trying to do the best you can for the team.”
Rogers’ sterling effort briefly offered Middlesex hope of escaping with an unlikely draw as he shared a stand of 176 with England captain Andrew Strauss (103) on the third afternoon, only for the partnership to end in a catastrophic run out for which the Sydney-born man took the rap.
“It was a bad call,” he admitted. “We are quite wary of Graham Wagg as a fielder and there was a bit of a misjudgement by me so. It’s pretty disappointing to run out the England captain.”
A tiring Rogers fell just before stumps and despite a battling undefeated 64 from John Simpson, Middlesex lost by nine wickets just after lunch on the final day and saw Glamorgan leapfrog them into second place in the Division Two standings.