The Ashes build-up: Shane Watson compares Chris Rogers to Simon Katich

Watson and Rogers will open the batting for Australia in the first Ashes Test starting at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on July 10.

updated: July 04, 2013 19:20 IST
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Shane Watson continued his rich vein of form in the build up to the Ashes with a free-flowing 109 off 111 balls against Worcestershire on Tuesday. Celebrating his return to the Aussie opening slot, this innings was a follow up after an equally impressive 90 off 94 balls against Somerset in the first warm-up.

What though was more satisfying for a fan and the team management was the innings of 75 by 35-year-old Chris Rogers, Watson's opening partner not just for this game but also for the first Ashes Test in Nottingham. Cricket Australia drafted in the experienced batsman who has just one Test match to his name -- against India back in 2008 at Perth.

The pair added 170 in 34.4 overs to raise Australian spirits before the much anticipated battle with England from July 10. Australians were 340/4 at stumps after Day 1.

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