ROGERS BIGS UP BAD-BOY WARNER

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OPEN­ING bats­man Chris Rogers be­lieves Aus­tralia can only ben­e­fit from hav­ing David Warner back in their side for the third Test.

Bad-boy Warner was sus­pended for punch­ing Eng­land’s Joe Root in a bar af­ter a Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy game last month and was sent to join up with Aus­tralia A.

He scored 193 against South Africa A in Pre­to­ria and the 26-year-old could be in line to make his Ashes de­but at Old Traf­ford.

“David brings a lot of en­ergy to the group. He goes 100mph and it is fan­tas­tic to see him get runs,” said Rogers.

“He is such a de­struc­tive player, so if he bats for long he could put some real pres­sure on Eng­land.

“He is one of those play­ers that the op­po­si­tion know they have to get out quickly.

“If he bats for a while he can take the game away like Adam Gilchrist used to do.

“Hope­fully he can do that for us if he does play against Eng­land.”

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