Chris Rogers to open with Shane Watson in first Ashes Test

Updated: Jul 01, 2013, 19:14 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Ending all the speculations, newly appointed Australian coach Darren Lehmann on Monday confirmed that left-handed batsman Chris Rogers will open the innings with Shane Watson in the first Ashes Test against England.

The official handle of Cricket Australia confirmed the news on Twitter.

“Darren Lehmann confirms Shane Watson and Chris Rogers will open the batting for Australia in the first #Ashes Test at Trent Bridge,” it said.

Earlier this month, David Warner was fined AUD 11,500 (USD 11,000) and suspended until the start of the Ashes in Nottingham on July 10 by Cricket Australia.

The sanctions were for punching cricketer Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following Australia`s Champions Trophy loss to England.