Rogers to Return after Australia 'A' Stint

Chris Rogers, who has spent the first part of the season working as a batting coach at Somerset, is on his way back to Australia today to link up with the Australia A side, after which he will return to Taunton until the end of the season.

Before he left we caught up with the former Australian Test Match opener who led Somerset to second in the Specsavers County Championship last season.

“Four months down the track I have got a very different outlook. I think when you finish playing you think that you can move into coaching and change the world a little bit.”

“As a captain you very much lead by example and give really explicit direction but with coaching it’s a lot more difficult to work like that, because every player works differently.”

“I have enjoyed improving from that point of view in learning how to deal with different players and patience is the other thing that I have learned with coaching. You can’t go out and stand next to batsmen when they are out in the middle so it’s about getting them to learn their skill themselves. This has been the interesting side of things for me. The results this season haven’t helped either.”

“It has been tough too because we haven’t played as well as we could have and you wonder if there is more that you can do, which has all been a big learning curve for me.”

Rogers has spent a lot of his time working with the Second XI as he explained: “Since I have been here I feel I have contributed a lot those in the Seconds and helped them on their journeys. There is some exceptional talent in the club and the fact that the Seconds have enjoyed a successful season so far is a sign of that and hopefully we can fast track a few of these guys like Eddie Byrom, Adam Hose and George Bartlett is not far away.”

“If we can get these young guys to step up and take that as quick as they can because there are some opportunities ahead.”

Now the former skipper is packing his bags to head back to the southern hemisphere.

“I’m off now to work with Australia A who have got a camp in Brisbane and then a tour to South Africa. I will be working with Jason Gillespie who will be fantastic be alongside. I think I have been pretty blessed with the people I have worked along with up to now.”

“There is a lot more to coaching than meets the eye I have learnt and I have a lot of respect for Matt Maynard, Jason Kerr, Steve Snell and Paul Tweddle, in fact all of the guys.”

“Now I have got the chance to work with Jason Gillespie amongst others, and its going to be enjoyable as well. I will be away for just over four weeks and when I come back I will be looking to continuing my development.”

He added: “When you finish playing you go in and think you have got a lot of great ideas as a coach, but it’s a skill in itself and you have to almost start again.”

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