Rogers seeks advice from Warner ahead of South Africa Test series

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“He has some good ideas and hopefully that will help come the first Test”

Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has admitted to seeking advice from his partner David Warner ahead of the national team’s three-Test series against South Africa, which gets underway on February 12 in Centurion.

Rogers revealed that he spoke to Warner about ways to limit the effectiveness of South Africa’s pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.

“We have had a chat, especially being left-handers and openers, and he has given some good feedback,” Rogers said. “He has some good ideas and hopefully that will help come the first Test.

“He’s not as dumb as he seems to be honest, he is actually quite good to talk to about cricket. He has a lot of good ideas and comes from a different perspective, so we have gelled quite well and that has been excellent.”

Even though Warner and Rogers are complete opposites when it comes to batting, the 36-year-old believes that is exactly why they are such a lethal pair.

“When Davey is playing well it makes it easy for me and I can slip into the slipstream a little bit,” Rogers said. “We have our differences, but we also get on very well. It is great to see him do well, it helps the Australian side no end.”

After scoring 463 runs, which included two centuries and three half-centuries, at an impressive average of 46.30 against England in the recent Ashes series, Rogers is now looking to extend his red hot form with the bat against the top Test team in the world.

“It’s one of those challenges you look forward too,” he said. “It was a great challenge to take on Stuart Broad and James Anderson and now the South African attack is possibly another step up. If I can do well against this attack then I can be pretty proud of the achievement.

“I have seen these guys bowl for years on TV and faced a couple of them, so I think I know what they are going to do.

“It is all about adapting when you get out there and playing the bowler and the conditions, so I am looking forward to that challenge.”

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