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Rogers welcomes Warner return

Australia opening batsmen Chris Rogers has backed David Warner to make a big impact in the third Investec Ashes Test if selected.

Warner, who was suspended for disciplinary reasons during the ICC Champions Trophy, scored 193 for Australia A against South Africa A in Pretoria last week and is back in contention as the series moves to Emirates Old Trafford.

And Rogers has welcomed the 26-year-old’s return and believes he can cause England some problems.

“Davey brings a lot of energy to the group always," he said. “He's just one of those guys - he goes at 100 miles an hour.

“It's fantastic to see him get runs. He's such a destructive player that if he bats for a while he could put some real pressure on England.

"If he plays then I hope he can have one of those games and help us win this next Test. He's one of those 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. So we hope he can do that for us if he does play.”

Australia must win the third Test to keep their hopes of regaining the Ashes alive and Rogers wants to see his side take a lesson from his former opening partner for Western Australia

He said: “You've got to get stuck in. There were times playing at WA, and we weren't doing so well, and that was Justin Langer's motto. It seemed to work for me.

"I don't think there's anything else you can do.(You've got to) fight as hard as you can, try to stay out there and not surrender your wicket, which we've probably been doing a little bit too easily. That's what I'll be looking to do."

Australia are confident all-rounder Steve Smith will be passed fit despite missing training because of a stiff back.

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