Rogers aims for top-order improvement

Australian opener Chris Rogers says the Aussie top-order will need to improve against the Proteas.

FILE: Australia's cricketers celebrate their 5-0 victory in the Ashes Test Cricket series against England in January. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Australia opener Chris Rogers says the Australian top-order will need to be at their very best if they are to stand any chance of beating the Proteas in next month's Test series.

Michael Clarke's side arrive for the three-match Test series full of confidence following their Ashes demolition of England.

Rogers, speaking to Sports Talk, says that they can't afford to rely on the likes of Brad Haddin and Steve Smith to continue to bail them out of tough situations with the bat.

"It's hard to be perfect. The batsmen probably let us down at times in the first innings' of the Tests. There's still a lot of room for improvement for us, and we know that South Africa will target that so we have to keep getting better. The responsibility is on the batsmen to score more runs, particularly in the first innings of a Test."

Rogers says that the Australian squad has finally clicked under the leadership of Darren Lehmann.

"We've been doing a lot of good things, even in England, and we played outstandingly in Australia. England are still a good side, but we made them play badly and look ordinary. It's a good sign, but we know the next two months are going to be a huge challenge for us."

Rogers says that the upcoming South Africa tour will be a definite step up as a challenge from the one that England posed.

"We're very excited. We're playing very well but we're coming up against the best team in the world. It's a huge challenge for us, but we're ready to go, so hopefully it's going to be a great series."