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Australian Chris Rogers says time is right to sit his final Test

By Staff Reporter

Chris Rogers has one more chance to do himself, and Australia, proud before he leaves the Test stage.

Rogers, less than a fortnight from his 38th birthday, has confirmed his decision that his 25th Test will be his last.

The determined opener has hinted strongly all summer that he would not be tempted to play on beyond his third Ashes series - and with the urn already lost to England, a rethink was always unlikely.

Australia can only salvage pride from 3-1 down at The Oval, in a match which will also be the last before captain Michael Clarke's retirement.

Rogers will leave with mixed feelings, but confidence too that he is definitely ending his Test career at the right time.

"I'm 38 this month and I feel old - and I think there's other things to do in life," he said.

"I've been lucky enough to play cricket as a living for nearly 20 years.

"It's been amazing and just such a privilege, but everything good comes to an end."

Meanwhile, Mark Wood knows he may have to give way to the returning James Anderson for England's Ashes victory lap at The Oval.

It was Wood who took the wicket of Nathan Lyon to confirm England had retained the urn with a thumping innings-and-78-run win at Trent Bridge.

Wood is only sixth in England's series averages, nine wickets at almost 37 putting him behind part-time off-spinner Joe Root.

On that basis perhaps, he takes a realistic view about his chances of being picked for his fourth Ashes Test.

"Jimmy has 400 Test wickets - he's England's leading bowler - so if he's fit and ready to go, then it's out of my hands," he admitted.

"I'm sure everyone would want Jimmy in the side, so if he's fit he probably gets the nod."

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