4 Jul 2013

Australian coach announces new opening bat

6:09 am on 4 July 2013

The Australian cricket team's new coach Darren Lehmann has revealed a new opening batsman for the first Ashes test against England starting next week at Trent Bridge.

The 35-year-old left hander Chris Rogers hasn't played a test since his debut against India five years ago, but he's amassed nearly 20,000 first class runs and has a tremendous record in English county cricket.

Australia start their final tuneup for the test series tonight, against the county side Worcester.