David Warner has moved to quell rumours this week that he and opening partner Chris Rogers have ever been embroiled in any kind of feud.
By Jack Vittles – Lead Cricket Writer – @jackvsport
The pair are often seen as distinctly opposite characters. Warner, the thug, all brute strength and natural talent, against Rogers, the intellectual, the accumulator of runs, the man who’s made the most of his ability.
However, Warner made it clear earlier this week that although they may have different personalities, it does not stop them being a cohesive partnership.
He reads a lot of books, I wouldn’t read a book, he is on his Kindle but I’m on my iPhone looking at news.
But it is totally blown out of proportion, we get along very well, everyone in the group knows that we always … everyone gives each other banter and for some reasons we get picked on. When we put on the hundred partnerships in the second innings I came down the wicket and shook his hand and said ‘mate you can’t leave me.
Warner also pointed out that perhaps mischievous teammates were to blame for the perceived notion that the opening pairing were at loggerheads, saying:
It doesn’t help when your mates like Brad Haddin stir the porridge a little bit and tell people we actually don’t like each other.
The pair have started the series well, with Rogers making a hundred and a fifty, and Warner making a brace of half centuries in the opening two matches as Australia recovered spectacularly from their beating at Cardiff.
Rogers now faces a fitness test ahead of the third Test after he retired during the second innings at Lord’s citing dizziness.