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Rogers appointed Victoria coach

Former Australian opener Chris Rogers has been appointed coach of Victoria on a two year deal.

Rogers, who started his first class career with Western Australia before moving to Victoria in 2008 to give himself another chance at Test cricket, assumes the role from former team mate Andrew McDonald who departed partway through last season to take up a senior assistant coaching role in the Australian Men’s Cricket Team.

Lachlan Stevens, who was interim coach for the remainder of the 2019-20 season has since been appointed coach of the Victoria women’s team.

Rogers began his coaching journey with Cricket Australia after retiring from first class cricket in 2016, also holding roles with English county sides Somerset and Gloucestershire and in more recent times was coach of the Australian Under 19’s, at the helm for this year's Under 19's World Cup in South Africa.

Rogers was made redundant from the role as part of budget cuts announced by CA in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, and applied for both of the vacant coaching roles at South Australia and Victoria, beating a number of prominent names for the position including Brad Hodge, Cameron White and Michael Klinger.

"I'm really excited about the job and I'd like to thank Cricket Victoria for the opportunity. It feels a bit like I've come full circle in playing for Victoria for seven years and now coming back into the fold as the senior coach," Rogers said.

"I'm looking forward to working with this talented squad of players and coaches. I've been lucky enough to work with many of the Victorian players in recent years and I look forward to working with them to achieve individual and team success."

Rogers’ appointment comes a week after Jason Gillespie was confirmed as coach of South Australia, meaning all state coaching positions are now filled.

IMAGE: Cricket Victoria.

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