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Warner vows to adapt to Renshaw's style

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Rob Forsaith

David Warner is the oldest member of Australia's Test side but the vice-captain says the onus is on him to adapt to - and learn from - Matt Renshaw.

Warner's new opening partnership with 20-year-old Renshaw, who only recently moved out of home in Brisbane, had a false start in Adelaide.

Warner was unable to open the batting in Australia's first innings, having been off the field late on day one.

Their first stand lasted 64 runs before Warner was run out following a mix-up between the wickets, and the NSW opener is keen to improve on that mark in the first Test against Pakistan that starts in Brisbane on Thursday.

Warner is still learning about Renshaw, admitting he had "no idea who" the Middlesbrough-born batsman was prior to his call-up.

"I have to learn to adapt to the way he plays and he has to adapt to the way that I play," Warner told radio station FIVEaa.

"The way he plays ... it's a method that works for him.

"The beauty ... is if I get on top of an attack, he might get the loose ones and he can start playing a few shots.

"Him leaving the ball on good areas may actually relay a message to me that there's a bit of movement in the wicket and I have to start respecting it a little bit more and watch it closely."

Warner, fresh from scoring a record-breaking mountain of runs in the recent ODI series, vowed to adopt a more conservative approach in Tests.

"I haven't been as patient ... balls I've been playing at, I probably shouldn't be," he said.

"There's probably been a bit more movement in the wickets as well ... I should be trying to rein it in a little bit."

Renshaw is also trying to find the right mix between patience and aggression.

Usman Khawaja cautioned it was wrong to label Renshaw a nurdler.

"It wouldn't be surprised if he turns into a really good limited-overs player, T20 player. When I was young, I was sort of pigeonholed in the same category around his age," Khawaja said of his Queensland teammate.

"There's no reason why a batsman of his quality won't develop.

"He's very assured of himself - in a good way, not in a cocky way at all. He knows his gameplan, he knows what he needs to do."

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