John Rogers burst onto the scene in 2008 when he compiled an eye-catching 98 for an ACT Invitational XI against India. The Canberra local was quickly chased by a number of states, before deciding to join Tasmania.
He made his debut during the 2010 KFC T20 Big Bash for the Tigers. He played three games during an eight day stretch, scoring 45 runs along the way. His 24 against the Bulls on debut remains his highest score. He hasn’t returned to the T20 side since.
Rogers made his first-class debut later that year; also against the Queensland Bulls. It was a match he won’t remember too fondly. After being cleaned up for a second ball duck by Ben Cutting, the debutant managed just one in the second dig before falling to Chris Swan.
Six games into his career, Rogers is constantly improving against the red ball, as highlighted by a fluent 89 against the Bulls earlier this year.
The 26 year old got his first taste of Ryobi Cup cricket when the Warriors travelled to the SCG to take on the Blues. It was a cruel initiation for Rogers, who fell first ball to the resurgent Doug Bollinger.
In his only other hit, Rogers was pushed up the order against the Tigers, where he made a patient 12.
Rogers won the 2012-13 Excalibur Award for the player who best epitomises the Warriors spirit, suggesting he has the attitude to make it at an elite level.
It is still early days in his career, and more time around the senior playing group will help Rogers lift his game to the next level.