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David Warner says he hopes to build a left-handed Test opening partnership with Ed Cowan every bit as formidable as the one Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden enjoyed at the top of the Australian order.

Cowan cemented his place in the Australian batting line-up with his maiden Test hundred in the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane, but Warner fell cheaply to expose the Australian middle order.

The duo share only 18 Tests between them, but Warner - who has scored two Test tons from his 10 matches - is hopeful the partnership can flourish like it did when they put on 214 runs against India in Perth last summer.

"Hopefully we can take off from where we were against India in Perth," Warner said.

"Hopefully we can have some more of those double hundred or hundred run stands for Australia because we know if we get off to good start we put the rest of the team in good stead for the rest of the innings."

The six year partnership between Hayden and Langer produced 5,655 runs in 113 innings at an average of 50 and underpinned much of Australia's success from 2001-2007.

Cowan's and Warner's opening partnership began in the Boxing Day Test against India last year and has resulted in 537 runs over 13 innings at an average of 41 over series against three Test nations.

As was the case with Langer and Hayden, with Hayden often playing the whip hand, Cowan's patience looks the perfect spoil for Warner's aggression against the new ball.

"I was happy to see Ed get his first Test century, "Warner said.

"Hopefully me and Ed can put some more runs on the board this summer."

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