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Ranking this week's Aussies Abroad

Former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Rogers has put the gloves away
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7. Scott McDonald (Motherwell)
The Aussie forward grew as the game go on and scored the equalising goal in a 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw with Partick Thistle over the weekend. Having started on the left side of midfield, McDonald pushed forward in the second half and actually scored twice. The first time he hit the back of the net he was ruled offside, but replays showed it should have counted. McDonald had to wait almost 20 minutes between the disallowed goal and his true equaliser, which came when he headed home from six yards out.

6. Apostolos Giannou (Guangzhou R&F)
The Socceroos forward scored his first goal for Guangzhou R&F since July with a stunning goal from outside the box in a 2-0 win over Henan Jianye. Up 1-0 against their Chinese Super League rivals, Guangzhou were on the counter when Giannou received the ball 25 yards out. The Aussie skipped around one defender and moved into the centre of the pitch, then smashed it low into the left corner. Giannou's strike was at the perfect height, bouncing just before the goalkeeper and giving him no chance. The victory put Guangzhou sixth on the table, leapfrogging the eighth-placed Henan Jianye.

5. James Segeyaro (Leeds Rhinos)
Segeyaro starred as Leeds won against the previously undefeated Leigh Centurions to finish on top of the Super League Super 8s Qualifiers. The Rhinos scored the first four tries of the game, with Segeyaro laying on the final pass for the first and then crossing himself for the fourth adding the fourth. His try was an outstanding bit of skill. Leigh attempted a kick into the middle of the field, but it landed perfectly at Segeyaro's chest. The No.9 stepped left and sprinted away, scoring in the corner and loving his work for the club.

4. Tom Rogic (Celtic)
The Scottish Premiership leaders brushed aside strugglers Kilmarnock 6-1 this week, with Rogic scoring the last of his team's goals after providing the assist for their third. It was a good result for the Aussie after he had six shots for no return in a midweek 2-0 Scottish League Cup win. In this victory over Kilmarnock he had five shots, two of which hit the target.

3. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux Begles)
The Wallabies veteran scored a hat-trick of tries in a 32-10 win over Lyon that has put some distance between Bordeaux and the bottom of the Top 14 table. On top of his three tries, two of which came in a 10-minute period in the first half, Ashley-Cooper recorded nine runs and 50 metres, with two clean breaks. Lyon were no match for Ashley-Cooper's prowess under the high ball, with his first and second tries coming from kicks to the left. His third and final five-pointer was a sneaky one as Bordeaux played the ball quickly after a penalty and quickly shifted to the corner.

2. Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury)
Why go out quietly? Taylor helped lead her side to the WNBA semi-finals this week as Phoenix defeated the Indiana Fever and New York Liberty in the first two rounds of the playoffs – with both games coming on the road. In the first single-elimination game, Taylor put up 12 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Mercury defeated Indiana 89-78 behind a 54-40 second half. Three days later Phoenix travelled to New York and won a 101-94 cracker, with Taylor contributing 20 points and five rebounds. Taylor converted four of her six three-point attempts. Her last gave the Mercury some breathing room as it put them up 71-67 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Opals veteran then nailed four free throws in the final three minutes of the game to close it out and book a best-of-five semi-final series against the Minnesota Lynx.

1. Chris Rogers (Somerset)
In a game that could have given Somerset their first County Championship, Rogers scored twin tons and led his side to a 325-run win over Nottinghamshire. A victory was needed but so too was a Yorkshire win over Middlesex, which didn't pan out at Lord's. Still, Rogers played an outstanding match in what proved to be his last as he immediately announced his retirement. The No.3 batsman scored 132 off 204 balls, a 269-run partnership with James Hildreth lifting the home side from 2-33 to 3-302. Having dismissed Nottinghamshire for 138 on day two, Somerset were back out there batting and Rogers scored an even quicker century. As soon as he reached 100, off 139 balls, he declared their innings closed with a lead of 540.

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