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Simon Katich, Chris Rogers & Tim Paine

Australia were thwarted by a man familiar to them, the Western Australian Chris Rogers, who dug in to make 93 for Derbyshire

Australia were frustrated by their one-time Test batsman Chris Rogers, who narrowly missed out on a century for Derbyshire as the tour match at the County Ground finished in a draw.

Rogers made 93 before he was caught by wicketkeeper Tim Paine off pace bowler Mitchell Johnson.

The Derbyshire captain shared an opening stand of 147 in 45 overs with Wayne Madsen, who made 58 before Johnson, who was the pick of the bowlers, broke through.

The rest of the Australia attack struggled in the heat on the last day of their only warm-up game before Tuesday's first MCC Spirit of Cricket Test against Pakistan at Lord's, with Derbyshire 235 for five when the players shook hands on the draw.

The tourists probably feared they would be held up by Rogers, who scored a double hundred and a half-century against them for Leicestershire in 2005.

His chances of adding to the one Test cap he won against India at Perth in 2008 appear to be fading, but the 32-year-old left-hander must have given the Australians food for thought against the attack which is expected to face Pakistan.

Apart from a lively opening burst from Doug Bollinger who produced a nasty lifting ball which Rogers did well to keep down, he was rarely troubled as he moved to a 97-ball half-century which contained six fours.

He brought up his fifty with a swept four off leg-spinner Steven Smith who did not look particularly threatening even though the pitch was offering some sharp turn.

The home openers batted well into the afternoon session although Madsen survived a stumping chance off former Derbyshire player Marcus North shortly before he was out.

Madsen drove North over long on for six in the spinner's next over but Paine's first error did not prove costly as the South African was caught behind for 58 flashing hard at Johnson.

The paceman should have had another wicket in his next over when Rogers nicked one down the leg side but Paine fumbled the chance, although umpire Andy Hicks had already raised the finger and the batsman had started to walk.

It was not an impressive display by Paine, who will make his Test debut at Lord's, although he did redeem himself by diving to make the catch which removed Rogers, who has now scored 358 in three innings against his countrymen.

Johnson's second spell of 2-5 in five overs was the highlight of the day for Australia, and Smith and Ben Hilfenhaus both took wickets after tea.

Dan Redfern was caught at gully driving at Hilfenhaus for 15 and Wes Durston cut Smith to gully.

By then the match was meandering towards the close and the end came when Garry Park was bowled having a big swing at former Derbyshire captain Simon Katich.

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