Warner open about new Test partnership

Dreading the breakup of his opening partnership with Chris Rogers, David Warner hopes selectors next look to the future.

Rogers and Warner’s partnerships have tallied 1994 runs, making them Australia’s fourth most productive Test opening pair.

Rogers is yet to confirm his retirement, but the expectation is the fifth Ashes Test will be his swansong.

Finding a replacement for the 37-year-old, the side’s leading run-scorer in the Ashes, will be among selectors’ top priorities.

Warner threw up Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft as three contenders.

“Uzzie and Joe have been around the international circuit … so hopefully they get another go,” Warner said.

“There are a few names that are going to be brought up.

“You heard Ricky Ponting mention the other day – Usman Khawaja, Bancroft scored a great hundred the other day in Indian conditions.”

Warner’s yin-and-yang pairing with Rogers has been one of the side’s success stories in recent years, the pugnacious and patient approaches complementing each other.

Warner all but confirmed Rogers was set to call it quits after the clash at the Oval, which starts on August 20.

“He leaves this international game and I hope he goes another year or two either in county cricket or back home,” he said, pointing to Rogers’ 73 first-class tons.

“It’s an amazing achievement by anyone and I don’t think he gets as much credit as he deserves.

“We’ve come a long way and we’ve shared a great bond together out in the middle. I’ve loved every single minute batting together out there.”

There’s likely to be a couple of baggy greens handed out during the tour of Bangladesh in October, with the side in a state of flux.

Warner and Steve Smith are the only batsmen to command a place in the XI as it stands.

The 28-year-old suggested Australia A’s recent success in India filled him with confidence about the next generation.

“You’re either ready or you’re not,” Warner said.

“Those players have been prepped.

“They’ve been in and around the environment before. It’s going to be exciting.”

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