Chris Rogers is determined to help keep the Australian foot on England’s throat in this Ashes series, given the nervous feeling in his own neck.
The opening batsman is the only Australian top-order batsman not to have scored a century in the series, in which the home side have an unbeatable 3-0 lead heading into next week’s Boxing Day Test.
For all the talk about a potential Ashes whitewash, Rogers admits his place in the side is not secure.
Australia have had the rare luxury of not changing their 11 so far in this series and Rogers does not want to be the one to end the streak.
“It would be nice to win these last two and everyone is playing for their position as well,” he said on Saturday.
“Probably being the batsman under pressure, I’d like to see it the same.”
Asked if he felt under pressure, the 36-year-old said: “every game”.
“That’s part and parcel of playing for Australia, but I’m one of the batsmen who hasn’t got a hundred so, yeah, I’m under a little bit of pressure and haven’t got the runs I had hoped for this series.”
The left-hander has only made 156 runs in the three Tests at an average of 26 and a top score of 72.
“I haven’t been batting particularly well,” he said.
“There was a few things technically that haven’t been great, but I did a bit of work with (WA coach) Justin Langer before the last Test and that was probably as good as I’ve felt so hopefully that’s a good sign.
“It all comes down to how many runs you score.”
Provided he stays in the side, this will be the first Boxing Day Test for Rogers.
Originally from WA, he plays for Victoria and would dearly love to be part of such a a massive MCG occasion.
“To play in front of a Boxing Day crowd, it doesn’t get any better so I can’t wait for that. It’s going to be an emotional moment,” he said.
Rogers admits that if Australia bat first, the thought of facing the first ball has him equally excited and terrified.
“It’s a bit scary that, actually,” he said.
“I definitely don’t want to get out first ball.
“But to have that honour of facing the first ball on Boxing Day would be fantastic.
“I wouldn’t say no.”
Rogers said there was no complacency among the Australians heading into the Melbourne and Sydney Tests.
Given they lost 3-0 in England only a few months ago, they look at it as one long series that is now level.
“With 3-0 in England, we didn’t think that was a fair result but, if we ended up being 4-3 or 5-3 up, then we’d be happy for that,” he said.
Rogers said the second Test at Lords in July, when Australia were humiliated by 347 runs, remained a fresh and bitter memory.
“The pain we felt after that was probably one of the worst moments of my career,” he said.
“There will be no complacency.”