The Middlesex skipper opened the batting with an impossible task but made light work of it on the way to the highest ever fourth-innings total at Lord’s and an important seven-wicket win.

It was the 10th double-hundreds in Rogers’ career. He’s also scored four Test hundreds since getting a second shot last year. 

He’s been part of Australia’s flogging of England and beating South Africa on the way back to the top of the ICC Test rankings… not as good as this. 

“I think it was the greatest innings I’ve hit. There’s been a couple of good ones but to be in a fourth innings and play like that and get a win, that doesn’t happen every day,” Rogers said. 

“That was what kept driving me on so to get over the line and still be there at the end is something to be very proud of.”

Rogers had helped from opening partner Sam Robson (77), the Aussie whose form must make him a shoe-in for the England Test side, and Neil Dexter (72) as they went into the record books as the third-highest chase in County Championship history.

Middlesex were in strife after being rolled for 123 in the first innings. 

“I said to the boys I thought the game was gone,” Rogers said. “The first innings was very disappointing, I just thought we were timid.

“I told the guys to go out and take their chance, be positive and we all did it – it won’t come off every day but it came off for us today.”

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