Warner: We are not scared at all

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Batsman David Warner has welcomed a promising alliance alongside fellow left-hander Chris Rogers atop Australia's Test order.

Batsman David Warner has welcomed a promising alliance alongside fellow left-hander Chris Rogers atop Australia's Test order.

With all-rounder Shane Watson demoted, Warner and Rogers opened the batting for matches four and five during the recent Ashes series, which England won three-nil.

The combination was consistently fruitful, particularly at the Riverside Ground in Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, where a 109-run partnership in the second innings suggested similar strength come the return series later this year.

"I think now the team has found the right combination. I thoroughly enjoyed batting with Chris out there, he's a quiet guy, he kept me going. If I played a false shot he didn't come down and say, 'Don't play that'. It was more like, 'Alright mate, next one, wait for the right one' and we'd feed off each other very well," Warner told <i> ESPNcricinfo</i>.

Warner lauded the positive influence of new coach Darren Lehmann, who succeeded South African Mickey Arthur earlier this year. Successfully combating an inspired English seam attack spearheaded by the lanky Stuart Broad and James Anderson, meanwhile, remained a high priority.

"Darren's the new coach, and he knows how we all play, but under different situations of the game and scenarios it gave him an insight about where you can bat and how well you can bat," added Warner.

"They've got some tall bowlers and some bounce there definitely. They'll use it to their advantage. We've just got to go to our training sessions. We've got some tall fast bowlers as well, which get up around the ears and you've got to play it how it is. We're not scared at all."

The first Test will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November. Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host fixtures two, three, four and five respectively.

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