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Australian batsman David Warner identifies key areas for improvement following the series loss to India at The Gabba.

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Opening batsman David Warner has expressed his opinion on areas where Australia desperately needs to improve following their disastrous test series loss to India, identifying the highest order out of sort.

Australia are set to face South Africa in the Proteas’ backyard in three tests in February and March, which stand out as their only remaining chances of reclaiming a second place on the World Test Championship points table .

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Tim Paine’s men slipped from first to third in their humiliating defeat at The Gabba, in which India became the first team to defeat Australia at the Brisbane site since the West Indies in 1988.

The teams that finish first and second will face off in the first World Testing Championship final at Lord’s in June – and the countries currently in that position are India (No.1) and New Zealand (No.1) 2).

Australia is also set to host Afghanistan in a test in November, before working to keep the Ashes at home in the summer of 2021-2022.

Warner says Australia’s first order is the most pressing concern as they lift their sights on cricket ahead.

“The biggest questions and debates were about the first order in this series – cutting and changing and not marking races,” Warner told Wide World of Sports radio.

“I think that’s where we need to be better.

“I hold myself accountable as a senior player. I have to do everything I can to make sure I score well.”

A combination of form and injury forced Australia to use five opening points in the four-test series against India: Warner, Will Pucovski, Marcus Harris, Matthew Wade and Joe Burns.

Each of those batsmen was outscored by rookie Indian Shubman Gill, who made his CWM test debut and finished the series with 259 points at an average of 51.80.

Warner said it has still not been confirmed to the team whether the series against the Proteas will take place in South Africa, despite what was planned, as the pandemic continues to rock the sports landscape.

“I’m not sure at the moment,” Warner said.

“We are doing everything we can to prepare for it.

“We are ruled by our medicos and Cricket Australia, who are trying to start this series and obviously they are in talks with Cricket South Africa.

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