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Australian batsman Chris Rogers joins Somerset

Somerset secure the services of ex-Australia international Chris Rogers on a 12-month contract.

Former Australia batsman Chris Rogers has agreed a move to Somerset.

The 38-year-old, who retired from international cricket at the end of the most recent Ashes series, has signed a one-year contract at the County Ground in Taunton.

This will be the left-hander's fifth spell with a County Championship side, having previously played for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Middlesex.

"I'm really pleased to be joining a club of the stature of Somerset. I have always enjoyed playing cricket in England and as soon as I heard that Somerset were interested I wanted to make it happen," he told the club's official website.

"There have been quite a few Australian players who have done really well down at Taunton and hopefully I can add my name to that list. I'm looking forward to the challenge and can't wait to get started."

In his 297 first-class matches to date, Rogers has scored 24,460 runs at an average of 49.81.

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