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Paine admits room for improvement after clinical display in Brisbane
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Paine admits room for improvement after clinical display in Brisbane

Tim Paine insisted Australia still needed to improve in certain aspects of their game despite crushing Pakistan in the opening Test of the two-match series.

Australia romped to a comprehensive win by an innings and five runs inside four days at the Gabba after Pakistan were dismissed for 335 on Sunday.

The hosts were helped by a commanding batting performance in the first innings, which allowed them to post an imposing 580 in response to Pakistan's paltry sum of 240 runs.

The two teams will now clash in Adelaide for a pink-ball encounter with Australia having won the previous day-night Test involving Pakistan back in 2016.

Australia are now gradually settling down with a stable top-order that was a genuine point of concern during the drawn Ashes series in the English summer.

When asked about the long-term prospects of Australia's top-three in David Warner, Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne, Paine cast a positive light on their future.

"The early signs would suggest yes. One innings doesn't make a summer but we are really happy with the positive signs that we saw," he said.

Labuschagne, adjudged player of the match for his marathon 185, has received praise from his skipper, who was delighted with the 25-year-old "finally arriving on the big stage".

"He gives our team energy out in the field and in the dressing room. It looks like he is getting better and better which is a great thing for Australia," Paine added.

Australia's intimidating pace trio has been the key to their success as they picked 18 of the 20 wickets to fall across the two Pakistan innings.

Paine, who took over Australia's Test reins following the suspension of Steve Smith due to ball-tampering, suggested he was not willing to tinker with the bowling combination but would make a final decision after assessing the Adelaide Oval pitch.

"I thought the bowlers were terrific, to take 20 wickets inside four days," he said.

"But the squad named was for the first two Tests so we will get to Adelaide and look at the conditions. We have the pink ball as well, so that will come into consideration."

The 34-year-old wicketkeeper was satisfied with Australia managing to gain 60 vital points in the World Test Championship but wanted a more concerted effort in the next game.

"I think we've got a pretty good group at the moment and can still get a lot better as well."