Rogers rejects criticism

Former England bowler Jonathan Agnew declared his disappointment at the way the Australians handled themselves during the recent Test series win over India.

It was Australia’s first assignment since Phillip Hughes was tragically killed after??being struck by a bouncer and some expected it to be a less combustible contest??than in previous years.

But there were a number of on-field flashpoints, mainly due to some aggressive sledging by Australia’s bowlers, with Agnew saying: “I really hoped that out of this tragedy might have come some good. But the players haven’t behaved any better, and I think that’s a real disappointment.

“The onus is on Australia to lead the way, and for others to grasp the??opportunity … we owe it to Phillip Hughes.”

Rogers was not involved in any of the incidents but he feels they all stayed within acceptable boundaries.

“Looking from the outside it looks like a few flashpoints and a bit of spite??but that’s just the nature of Test cricket,” he said.

“Everyone goes out there and competes as hard as they can. At times the anger??does rise to the surface.

“I’d like to think it was pretty hard fought but everybody afterwards still??gets on and what happens the field stays on the field

“I think there was still a lot of respect. India gave as good as they got and??we like that, we enjoyed the way they played. Everyone is desperate to win and sometimes these things happen.

“With the fast bowlers we have in our side, it’s about being aggressive,??getting to the opposition. I wouldn’t think things would change particularly with the Ashes coming up.”

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