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Warner sad to see Pietersen dropped

The English Cricket Board late on Tuesday announced Pietersen will not play for England.

FILE: David Warner of Australia looks on during the Twenty20 International match between Australia and Sri Lanka on 26 January 2013. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Australian opening batsman David Warner says he is sad to see Kevin Pietersen out of international cricket.

The English Cricket Board late on Tuesday announced Pietersen will not play for England in the upcoming series against the West Indies.

He will also not take part in the World T20 later this year.

Pietersen himself has admitted that he will no longer play for England.

Warner says it's a big loss for the game.

"As a player of his class, it's disappointing that he can't play in the World Cup. I'm sure he would have loved to have played in it. It's quite sad because he's a really good player and he's scored a lot of runs. As a player in the opposition, when you see Kevin Pietersen walk out to bat, you never know what to expect. The guy can get 100 off 50 balls. It's sad that he's gone out this way."

Looking ahead to the Test series against the Proteas, Warner says the brand of cricket the Aussies have been playing recently has put them in good stead.

"The key for us will be to obviously score a lot of runs and take a lot of wickets. We have to adapt to the conditions and I think that is going to be key here. You can have a green wicket and the bowler can get carried away and try to take a wicket every ball, but that's not how we play. We try to set the batsmen up. The first innings scores are going to be crucial."

Looking at conditions, Warner says you need to be positive on South African wickets.

"In my personal game, I'm always looking to score runs and I don't leave too many balls. So if it's tacky, seaming and swinging, you've just got to adapt to the conditions and play your game. You have to be as professional as you can and adapt to the situation."

Warner says despite the poor weather in Johannesburg recently, the Australians are trying their best to get in as much practice as possible.

"We've certainly made the most of what we can. It's unfortunate about the weather, but that's nature, and we've just got to try and work as hard as we can to prepare ourselves for the first Test. At the moment the boys are going well. We're hitting enough balls, the bowlers are bowling enough balls. I think we've got a two-day warm up match on Friday and Saturday, so hopefully the weather holds up for that."