Australia`s Chris Rogers wants regular opening partner

AFP| Updated: Oct 30, 2013, 08:41 AM IST

Sydney: Australian opener Chris Rogers wants a steady partner at the top of the order for the Ashes series against England and has his eye on David Warner.

The veteran left-hander was a regular feature during the mid-year Ashes series in England on his recall five years after his only previous Test, and he proved to be one of the team`s few success stories.

Rogers, who opened alongside Shane Watson for the first half of the tour, before teaming up with Warner, said a regular long-term partner would be beneficial.

"It`s a tough job opening the batting and you need support from the guy down the other end, so a bit of familiarity is a good thing," he told Australian Associated Press Wednesday.

But he admitted it was up to himself and Warner to make that happen.

While Warner`s recent Test form has been mediocre, Rogers expects his recent stellar one-day domestic form to translate into the game`s longer version.

"That will give him a lot of confidence and he`s that kind of guy," Rogers said of Warner, who was left out of Australia`s ongoing one-day tour to India but has excelled for his state New South Wales, cracking three centuries.

"If he`s scoring runs and feeling loved and supported then he`ll enjoy that."

Rogers, 36, added that it was satisfying to enter a summer having finally proved he can perform at Test level.

"The whole thing about when you haven`t played it, the question is whether you are good enough ... once the runs start coming and the pressure kind of lifts a little bit then you can start to enjoy it," he said.

England play the first of five Test matches at the Gabba in Brisbane from November 21.