Third Test: Chris Rogers backing David Warner to make an impact at Old Trafford
Chris Rogers says David Warner will bring some destructive power to the Australia line-up - if he is selected.
Last Updated: 01/08/13 10:07am
Warner missed the first two Ashes Tests after being suspended for punching England batsman Joe Root.
In a bid to give him match practice, the team management sent Warner to Africa to join the Australia 'A' squad and he smashed a superb 193 last week against South Africa 'A'.
Warner batted in the middle order in South Africa, but has previously opened for Australia and if he is selected, Rogers could be the man left out of the line-up.
But Rogers admitted Warner would be a threat to England: "David brings a lot of energy to the group. He's just one of the guys who goes 100 miles an hour. It's fantastic to see him get runs.
"He's such a destructive player - if he bats for a while he can put some real pressure on England.
"If he plays then hopefully he does well and helps us win this next Test. He's one of those players - the opposition know they have to get him out quickly. If he bats for a while he can take the game away like an Adam Gilchrist used to do."
Rogers and Shane Watson opened in the first Test but they have failed to spark, and Rogers admits the pair are under pressure.
"Darren (Lehmann) said we were the openers to start (the series). It's up to us to perform," he said. "I know full well that if I don't perform then I won't deserve a place in the side. Who knows what's going to happen?
"I think they used Davey in the middle order for Australia 'A'. I don't know if that's what they (the selectors) want to do.
"I've been captain of sides, I've selected sides and asked people to do different roles. The key is to score runs."
Rogers did not help his case for inclusion with his bizarre dismissal at Lord's. He was adjudged lbw to a looping full toss from Graeme Swann which ordinarily he would have hit out of the ground.
To make matters worse, he did not review the decision - if he had, he would have been saved, as the ball was missing the stumps by some margin.
Shane Watson had previously been given out lbw incorrectly, with Rogers advising his partner not to review the decision - another mistake.
"It's one of those things," he said. "The ball went up and above the sight screen and I just couldn't really see it.
"As for not reviewing it, there was no real reference points. If I'd reviewed it and it had hit halfway up middle I would have looked a bit of a fool. We were already down one which was probably my fault as well. As a cricketer I make a poor umpire."
Whoever plays, Rogers says the Australians have got to sell their wickets more dearly in Manchester.
"It's just a fight," he added. "We've got to get stuck in. There were times at Western Australia when we weren't doing so well, and (WA captain Justin Langer), that was his motto.
"We've got to fight as hard as we can and try and stay out there and not surrender your wicket, which we've probably not been doing."