Sydney: Australian Test batsman Chris Rogers said Monday he will leave Western Australia and play interstate cricket next season for either South Australia, Queensland or Victoria.
Rogers, a left-hand opening batsman, made his Test debut against India in Perth last January, scoring four and 15.
WACA chief executive Graeme Wood said Rogers, 30, advised state team head coach Tom Moody on Monday that he would be playing in Victoria next season.
But Rogers later denied he was off to Victoria, saying he was considering moving to either South Australia or Queensland after deciding he needed a change, with Victoria also declaring their interest in him for next season.
"I just think I need a new challenge, I've got a bit stale here, and I just want to go to a team where I can chase my dream of playing for Australia," said Rogers, adding that he hopes to decide by week's end where he will go.
His decision to leave disappointed WA officials, and Wood said WACA Board members, senior management and coaching staff had met with Rogers several times to discuss his future.
"It is bewildering that Chris has chosen to walk away from playing regularly at the WACA Ground, a ground where he has had so much success as a player on one of the best pitches in Australia," Wood, a former Test opening batsman, said in a statement.
"Many of Chris' teammates have also spoken to him in the hope of convincing him to stay for what promises to be an exciting future for WA cricket."
Rogers scored 5,524 runs in 65 games in a 10-year playing career with WA at an average of 48.46 with 17 centuries.