Warner wants a vocal Test opening partner
David Warner has no worries about becoming the senior Australian opener but he’ll demand Chris Rogers’ replacement is capable of speaking up for himself.
While Rogers’ weight of runs and steady head will be missed at the top of the order, so too will be his ability to both dispense advice and put Warner in his place when necessary.
At 28, Warner is now indisputably a senior figure in Australian cricket.
Recently installed as newly appointed skipper Steve Smith’s deputy, the pair are potentially the only batsmen in Australia’s top six whose places in the team are secure in the short term.
Warner’s 3649 Test runs and 12 centuries also identify him as a player Australia will rely on heavily in the near future.
But he is mature enough to realise he can still take advice – the kind Rogers was great at doling out, and that he expects to hear from his new partner.
“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,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, whoever the next person is who comes in the team, they have to feel the right to say something to me as well.
“Because at the end of the day, sometimes you can go away from your game – and that player will (have to let me know), as I do have to try and watch their game and learn their game.”
Queensland’s Joe Burns, with an impressive 69 alongside Warner during his one-day international debut last month against Ireland, has caught the attention of selectors who are keen to give him an extended run during the five-match ODI series with England.
Warner agreed he felt comfortable alongside the 25-year-old as they put on a 139-run partnership against the Irish, boding well for Burns’ chances of featuring in October’s two-Test series against Bangladesh.
“Any time you get a new partner or a new player in the team, you have to try and work out how to adapt,” he said.
“(But) a 100-run partnership from batting together for the first time I thought was very, very impressive.
“We complemented each other when we were out there.”
Warner and Rogers readily admitted they shared different interests – a point which was sometimes used to perpetuate the belief that they didn’t get on.
But Warner insists to be a successful opening partnership requires something special, which will be hard to replicate for whoever is Rogers’ successor.
“It’s a bond that you have to share,” he said.
“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 at that top level.
“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.”