The Ashes 2015 brought down the curtains on the careers of Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers. While several names linger to grab the middle order spot vacated by Clarke, there are also a few names that can take over the mantle from Chris Rogers. David Warner, who was Rogers’ opening partner for the Ashes is pretty excited about the prospect of opening the innings with another batsman, now that Rogers has called it a day.
“It is going to be challenging for the next person coming in, whether it’s a person who has played or hasn’t played (at this level), because they’re going to have to establish themselves. Hopefully, they’ve either seen me or I’ve played with them before. It’s going to be interesting times ahead, that’s for sure,” Warner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
Warner praised Rogers for his contribution to the Australian team, and it was the consistent performances of the veteran Rogers that bailed Australia out of several tricky situations. “He (Rogers) brought a lot of experience to the table, didn’t he? He knew his game so well. He knew his game at first-class level and that the weight of runs was always going to be on his side when he came into the team. It is very tough. I still find it tough to play Test match cricket. We’re going to have to work very closely together at training as well as when we’re out in the middle,” Warner said.
“Sometimes you think you’ll be doing all the talking, but you’ve got to put it straight out there on the table that you’ll be working together as a team. It doesn’t matter who you are, whoever the next person is, they have to feel the right to say something to me as well,” Warner explained.
There are quite a few openers in Australia who can take over from Rogers. The most obvious candidate is Shaun Marsh, who excelled in the Caribbean. But inconsistency is Marsh’s biggest woe as he fails to deliver on his ability. Aaron Finch, who is a regular opener alongside Warner in the limited overs side, is another option. Finch has done reasonably well for Victoria and considering his aggressive approach at the top, he too could be possibly tested in Bangladesh.