I am witnessing a time warp. An oversized baggy green cap, the upturned crumpled collar, the lengthy cuffs that reach the fingers and look like Steptoe's fingerless gloves. Yes, Chris Rogers has brought back the pre-war cricket dress code. He even adds to his scruffy appearance by wearing the arm-guard that he has had since the under-twelves. It is so dirty and frayed that it is only the stains that are holding it together.
Watching him field reminded me of a former player. At first I thought it was Greg Matthews with his upturned collar, zinced lower lip, but his clothes fitted and he walked with a swagger. Then I remember Matthews bowling with his cap on, and that reminded me of the old photo of Clarrie Grimmet. That's the one! Clarrie Grimmet and Bill O'Reilly were masters at wearing the baggy high pants that had never been ironed, the floppy collars, and the workmanlike rolled up sleaves. Today it is all crisp and straight with a designer snug fit, neat collars and logos. Rogers, thankfully has given us a glimpse of that bygone era when Ashes Cricket looked tough and dirty.