The Ashes: David Warner says he could rein himself in alongside Chris Rogers against England

20 November 2013 8:56 AM

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The Ashes: David Warner says he could rein himself in alongside Chris Rogers against England

David Warner says he is ready to rein in his attacking instincts with the bat when necessary in an effort to dominate the English bowlers this summer.

The big-hitting opener has played his way back into form after an indifferent Ashes series in England, hitting three domestic one-day cup tons for NSW - including a mammoth 197 against Victoria - as well as a Sheffield Shield century in just 87 balls in recent weeks.

But he says he is ready to play a more patient game where necessary as the opening pair look to put a higher price on their wicket.

"We don't care what's being thrown at us, we've just got to address the situation when we get out there and play our game," he told Grandstand.

"We'll identify the moments when we can, try and get on top, and we've got to try and identify periods when we have to rein it back, and we've been working hard on that lately.

"It's about giving myself the opportunity to play my game, it's about letting the ball come to me.

"I'm capable of playing at a 100 strike rate, but it's not about that. It's about identifying when I can go and when I have to bring it back.

"Come Thursday if I get a good spell [from England's bowlers], I've got to respect that, then I've got to wait and build on the innings.

"If I'm 10, 50 or 100 at lunch ... I've got to keep building, give myself the opportunity and get on with it."

Warner has lauded his new opening partner Chris Rogers, saying the pair dovetail perfectly together.

"I think Bucky can approach it just like anyone else. He can either get off to a flyer or bring it in," Warner said.

"If they're bowling well, obviously Bucky is going to look to leave a lot more than what I'll do.

"I'll look to try and get on top of it, so I'm looking more for intent and trying to put the pressure back on them."

Rogers himself came good in the previous Ashes series, notching two Test fifties and a maiden century, all at a far more serene pace than Warner.

But the 36-year-old says he is happy to hold up his end once Warner starts firing.

"I'm a grafter I suppose. I'd love to be able to play like Dave but I don't have that skill," he told Grandstand.

"But it's nice to be down the other end watching him play. He's going to be such a key player in this series. Hopefully I can help him in that journey.

"There's always pressure to perform, but it's a challenge I'm enjoying. I just want to go out there and hopefully help Australia win this series because that's what it's all about.

"It would be a fantastic thing to get to Sydney and win that last Test and enjoy a series victory."

Rogers anticipates a bouncing Gabba wicket and expects some chin music from the visitors' pacemen.

"The third seamer's going to be tall along with Stuart Broad, and Jimmy [Anderson] is quite tall as well.

"There'll be a few balls up there but if you get carried away with that it can be in the batsman's favour as well."

Warner echoed his partner's sentiments, saying Australia's batsmen will be well prepared given they face similarly quick bowlers in the nets themselves.

"With the height of some of their bowlers you're going to get some around the neck and around the throat area," Warner said.

"You've just got to work on how to play that. We've got perfect preparation with boys bowling at 140-plus around your head, so we're preparing very well.

"There's a bit more bounce and pace in [the Brisbane wicket]. I'm looking forward to it. I'm backing my personal form and the way we're all hitting the ball at the moment, we're in good stead come Thursday."


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