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Australia opener Chris Rogers has hit back at by BBC commentator Jonathan Agnew after he claimed the Australians dishonoured the memory of Phillip Hughes during the recent Test series against India.
Agnew took aim at the Australians during a recent interview with UK magazine, RadioTalk.
“Michael Clarke said very clearly that Hughes’ memory would run through the team, and would be in the way they would play their cricket,” Agnew said.
“Well, I haven’t seen evidence of that.”
Agnew said he was waiting for his chance to “throw” Clarke’s words from Hughes’s funeral back at the Australians.
“I really hoped that out of this tragedy might have come some good,” he said. “But the players haven’t behaved any better, and I think that’s a real disappointment.
“I know there has been a lot of bad blood between Australia and India for some years now but it was an opportunity. I have that Michael Clarke speech tucked away ready to throw at the Australians. If this is really how you feel, then let’s see how you play.”
However, Rogers does not believe his side crossed the line and would continue to show the same aggression in the future.
“I can understand that looking from the outside it looks like a few flashpoints and a bit of spite but that’s just the nature of Test cricket,” he is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“Everyone goes out there and competes as hard as they can. At times the anger does rise to the surface. I’d like to think it was pretty hard fought but everybody afterwards still gets on and what happens on the field stays on the field.
“I think there was still a lot of respect. India gave as good as they got and we like that. Everyone is desperate to win and sometimes these things happen.
“With the fast bowlers we have in our side, it’s about being aggressive, getting to the opposition. I wouldn’t think things would change particularly with the Ashes coming up.”