Bucky’s back

Opening batsman Chris ‘Buck’ Rogers will make his return to the DEC Bushrangers line-up today in the Sheffield Shield match against the RTA Speedblitz Blues at the MCG.

Rogers has missed the bulk of the summer with a meniscus tear on his bone in his knee, which he acquired when playing in the Shield match against Tasmania back in October.

The 33-year old was hoping for an earlier return to the side but was playing it safe to make sure he was right to go against NSW which is pivotal for the Bushrangers Shield campaign.

“I was hoping to return against Tasmania but in the end I think it was a longer recovery than what I had hoped for,” he said.

“I was probably trying to rush it a little bit but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“It’s been very frustrating to watch the guys play and not be part of it. I’m really looking forward to playing with the big boys.”

“There is nothing like being out in the middle and getting some rhythm out there.”

The DEC Bushrangers will be looking for an outright win against the RTA Speedblitz Blues to shake up the Sheffield Shield table standings, and vie for a spot in the final.

The Bushrangers haven’t had the success they would’ve hoped for this season but with the competition heating up and only three games to go, anything could happen.

Rogers believes that despite being a challenging season so far, now they are at the pointy end – his team will never give up.

“It’s a bit frustrating that we aren’t closer to the top two but that’s how it’s gone this year,” Rogers said.

“There has been a change in personnel and we have lost some players to higher honours which is what we have hoped for. I think these things are going to go in cycles and we have to be realistic about where we are at.”

The last time the Bushrangers met the Blues in a Shield game, the match ended in a draw at the beginning of the summer. Andrew McDonald starred in both matches racing to a century in each innings.

Play begins at 11am this morning.

Published on the Victorian Bushrangers website and edited by Jess Cook.

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