Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke was left to thank his bowlers and centurion Chris Rogers for the hosts’ escape in the fourth Ashes Test on Sunday, having risked his team’s winning streak by opting to bowl after winning the toss.
Rogers (116) stunned home fans at the MCG by eclipsing the run-rate of his swashbuckling partner David Warner and unleashed a breathtaking array of cuts, pulls and drives for 14 boundaries in his 155-ball knock.
“I think it was a fantastic innings,” Clarke gushed. “A match-winning innings and he deserves a lot of credit for it.
“As captain of the team I certainly haven’t felt that Chris is under pressure for his spot ... I think Chris has done everything that I’ve asked as captain.
“He’s an important part of this team and I think for his teammates it was very special to see him raise his bat for his hundred, and on his home ground the MCG as well.”
Meanwhile, England captain Alastair Cook conceded that his side wasn’t good enough to match up to the hosts.
“The bottom line is we haven’t been good enough,” Cook told reporters. “The part of this game that makes it even more frustrating is that we got ourselves into a good place to put some pressure on Australia.”