CHRIS Rogers saw the Lord’s grandstand “move” during the dizzy spell that ended his second innings in Australia’s Ashes- levelling victory.
David Warner has recalled the moment his opening partner told him, between overs, what he was seeing as he became disoriented on the fourth morning of the second Investec Test.
After several minutes sitting down mid-pitch, and consultation with Australia’s medical staff, Rogers retired ill on 49 – just a single short of what would have been his ninth Test half-century in his last ten innings.
Australia team doctor Peter Brukner has since linked the dizziness to a “delayed ear problem” after Rogers had been hit on the helmet by a short ball from James Anderson two days earlier during his first-innings 173.
Initial scans have cleared the veteran batsman of serious injury and, although he underwent further scans yesterday and will miss the tour match at Derby, starting today, Australia hope he will be back for next week’s third Investec Test at Edgbaston.
Warner admits, however, he did not know how to react after Rogers lost his bearings last weekend.
“That was bizarre,” he said.
“I came down the wicket and I had to look twice, because I didn’t really know what was going on…”
“He actually said to me ‘the grandstand is moving’ and I said ‘No, it’s not’.”
Thirty-seven-year-old Rogers had to miss two Tests in the Caribbean last month after suffering concussion when he was hit in the nets.
Warner added of the latest incident: “I was worried… and so was he.
“I had no idea what was going on.
“He said: ‘I don’t know what’s happening here’. So I said: ‘Just sit down’.”
Rogers, who has been in prolific form, has indicated this summer’s tour will be his last before retirement.
“He is in a great frame of mind at the moment,” said Warner.
“He said the other day he is playing his best to date for Australia.
“I would love him to go on, but he will know when it’s time.”
Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow is relishing the opportunity to test himself again at the highest level after his mid-Ashes England recall.
Bairstow, set to bat at No 5 at Edgbaston next week, is back in the Test match reckoning for the first time in 18 months.
His fellow Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance has been dropped after his poor scores continued at number three in England’s 405-run trouncing at Lord’s as Australia levelled the Investec series at 1-1 with three to play.
Bairstow, who last played Test cricket in the final match of England’s 2013/14 Ashes whitewash defeat in Sydney, has been rewarded for his brilliant form for Yorkshire – the only change in a 13-man squad announced on Tuesday afternoon.
He has the statistics of a much-improved batsman this summer, and is high on confidence.
“Consistency-wise, I think I am in my best form and striking the ball well and I hope this will continue,” said the 25-year-old.
“Playing international cricket is a great challenge, but that is why we play the game.
“If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never find anything out about yourself.” Ballance has struggled this year, having previously made a fine start to his Test career.
England have also announced they will move four-time Ashes-winner Ian Bell back up to the pivotal No 3 position on his home ground.
Selector James Whitaker said: “For the third Test, Ian Bell will move up the order to bat at three – followed by Joe Root, with Jonny Bairstow coming in at five.
“Jonny has worked extremely hard at his game, and his record for Yorkshire speaks for itself. He fully deserves this opportunity.”
Bairstow has racked up five centuries this season and an average of more than 100 in the LV= County Championship – and also made a match and series-winning 83 not out for England when called up in place of the injured Jos Buttler for their final Royal London one-day international against New Zealand at Chester-le-Street last month.