Rogers looks to Langer example
Australia must invoke the Justin Langer fighting spirit as they try to somehow stay in the Ashes at Emirates Old Trafford.Chris Rogers name-checked his one-time Western Australia opening partner, ex-Test batsman and Ashes winner as he spelled out the only way he thinks he and his fellow tourists can battle back from a 2-0 deficit.Australia's principal problem in their two defeats so far has been the collective failure of their specialist batting.Rogers has mustered one half-century, in the second innings of the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge, but knows he is one of several who need to do significantly better if Australia are to get competitive.Asked for his personal remedy when the runs are not coming, the 31-year-old left-hander said: "It's just to fight. 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."At this crucial, backs-to-the-wall stage, Rogers sees no other option, adding: "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.
"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."Batting all-rounder Steve Smith missed training because of a stiff back, but the tourists are still optimistic he will be fit in time for Thursday.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CricBuzz