Chris' condition worries Darren


Calcutta: Darren Lehmann admits losing opener Chris Rogers for any stretch of time would serve as a crushing blow to Australia's Ashes campaign.

Rogers is being monitored for concussion-like symptoms after being hit on the head during the Lord's Test. He's scored 95, 173 and 49 retired hurt in the most outstanding form of his Test career and the Aussies just can't afford to lose him.

Rogers had openly admitted before the tour started that he was troubled by potential impacts to his well being, after being ruled out of two Tests in the West Indies last month due to concussion.

Coach Lehmann said he would wait on a medical update but made it clear that Rogers was a key man to the team's composition.

"He's all right, we'll just have to wait and see what the medical staff come up with," he said at a press conference in London.

"He's important for a period of time... He knows these conditions so well. He loves England and he helps our batters out, that's the most pleasing thing.

"He helps our batters and bowlers about conditions, for example at Lord's with all the angles you've got to lay and the slope. He knows them so well so he's a very important part of this tour."

The Aussies start a three-day tour match at Derby on Thursday, giving Lehmann options to ponder, whether to rest some players or give others more match time ahead of the third Test next week at Edgbaston.

One person Lehmann may ask to sit out the tour match but bring back for the third Ashes Test is Mitchell Johnson, who took his Test career tally to 299 wickets after another six during Australia's 405-run demolition of England.

"He was brilliant, bowled fast," Lehmann said of the left-arm pacer. "He's had some difficult times in England in the past, but he's a different Mitchell Johnson you see playing for Australia now."

It is expected to be a more straightforward call to retain all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who returned at the expense of Shane Watson with handy wickets and runs. The coach will also have to decide on Brad Haddin who missed the Lord's Test because of personal reasons.


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