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David Warner has also stated that he is not sure on how Australia’s middle-order batting woes can be rectified Getty Images

Australia swash-buckling opener David Warner on Friday stated that Australia are indeed struggling as a batting unit in the middle order, following their recent batting collapse on Day 2 in the first innings of the first of the three-Test series vs South Africa at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) Stadium in Perth. Warner has also stated that he is not sure on how this thing can be rectified. Warner scored a steady 97, along with a 158-run opening stand with Shaun Marsh, but was disappointed to see the poor middle-order collapse by the Australians on Day 2 at WACA. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at Perth

“I feel there has been a trend as well in the last 12 and maybe 18 months that also follows on to when we were in England and we were playing there. It’s tough to see as an opening batter sometimes when you get off to those starts as a top four and then you sort of fall away that easily. It’s quite hard to take that when you’re in the change rooms. I can’t really remember, unless we go back to Hobart last year, where we really capitalised in that middle period. That’s something we’ve really got to work hard on, and at the moment I don’t really have the answers,” said Warner, reports espncricinfo.com.

“But we have to really knuckle down as a batting unit and try to build partnerships. We always talk about someone going on to get a big hundred in the top four, but it’s on everyone else in the middle as well to put their hand up and accept some responsibility to move forward as well and create that partnership,” he added. AUS vs SA 1st Test Day 3 Preview and Prediction: Proteas aim domination

On being asked about Shaun Marsh and on how he bats, also what are his batting strengths, he said, “You have to back yourself as a player, whether or not there’s mixed messages there, him as a player knows and understands the game. He’s here at this level for a reason, he’s been chosen and selected in the team for a reason, that’s to score runs and take wickets. He has to work out what he has to do to score runs and take wickets for the team. Then for his sake he’ll gain a bit of momentum.”

“I’ve been at the other end, I go back to a game at Wellington where he came out and won us the game against New Zealand, he played his strokes and played beautifully. That’s the Mitch Marsh we know as well. I’m pretty sure for him as an individual I don’t think he’s clouded in any way,”he added. Steyn to miss international cricket for 6 months following shoulder fracture

Speaking on how the Australaisn would approach on Day 3, he said, “We’ve seen here before once it’s a great batting surface as it is. If you get yourself in, make the most of it and capitalise I think anything’s chase-able. They need to bat for two days if they can with two frontline bowlers, so we have to come out and bowl well. We’re going to have to work really hard in that first session.”

“They’ve still got two very, very good fast bowlers, and we’ve seen the wickets they’re capable of with the ball going both ways. We have to respect that. We can’t look too far forward. We’ve got to bowl well first tomorrow, then we’ve got to know that you get through that first period with the new ball they can only revert back to spin. We’ve got to really knuckle down and apply that pressure on their two frontline bowlers. I’m disappointed for Dale, all the amp and the talk in this series, I know how pumped he would’ve been. I know he’s had this injury for a while, I just hope he can get back on the park,” he concluded.