Rogers enters select group with maiden Test hundred

ONLY five players have made more first-class centuries than Australian opener Chris Rogers before recording their maiden Test hundred.

How fitting it was that one of them, his coach Darren Lehmann, was there when Rogers, who at 35 years and 344 days, became the second-oldest Aussie to reach three figures after his 101 not out in Australia's first innings on day two of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

Arthur Richardson was 37 years and 353 days when he made exactly 100 against England at Leeds in 1926, while South African Dave Nourse (42 years, 295 days) is the oldest from any country.

The ton was also the first by an Aussie opener in 12 Tests since David Warner's 119 against South Africa in Adelaide in November 2012.

Rogers, who before this innings had scored more runs against his country than for it, courtesy of a double hundred and 56 for Leicestershire against the 2005 tourists, also saved Micheal Clarke's side from equaling an unwanted record - Australia's longest streak without an opener scoring a ton was 13 Tests between 1899 and 1902.

Australia was five for 222 in reply to England's 238 all out.