England hero Stuart Broad backs Australia star David Warner to ‘come back strong’ from nightmare Ashes

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Author 2019-10-28 20:01:00

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England fast bowler Stuart Broad has backed David Warner to ‘come back strong’ after dismissing the Australia opener seven times during the Ashes series.

Warner endured a shocking run with the bat last summer, going for three successive ducks and contributing just 95 runs in ten innings.

Broad was particularly effective against the 33-year-old but insists Warner will respond well to the poor series in this winter’s Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand.

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England’s second leading wicket-taker said: ‘It was a bit of a dream summer on that front.

‘I had done a lot of planning pre-Ashes so to be able to have that sort of success against your opposition means you got something right.

‘[Warner] is a world-class player and I have played against him for such a long time, so to find something that worked against him this summer gave me quite a bit of professional satisfaction.

‘I felt he scored too much through the off side against me so I just wanted to hit his stumps a lot more.

‘When I got him lbw and bowled those were the ones that pleased me the most because those were the ones I was visualising most pre-game.

‘If you get the ball to nip back up the slope at Lord’s it is a bit of luck, a bit of fate but the ball has got to be in the right area to hit the stumps.

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‘The next day he came up to me and gave me a nudge in the ribs like ‘that was a good one!’ We have a lot of respect for each other which is nice in professional sport.

‘He will come back strong – he scored a hundred in his first innings back in Australia and I expect him to continue to do that.’

With 467 wickets, Broad currently sits seventh on the all-time list of wicket-takers in Test cricket.

The 33-year-old is not expected to be part of England’s squad for the next Ashes series in 2021-21 but said: ‘I’m someone who never really looks too far ahead.

‘I think if you look towards the end of your career you slow down as a sportsman. You stop trying to improve, stop driving yourself forward.

‘I look a month at a time at the moment – I feel fit, I feel fresh, my fitness testing is as strong as it has ever been, which is a good sign.

‘That old saying is that age is just a number and I feel really good.

‘Jimmy is an inspiration for me – he is 37, he is in physically great condition and he has bowled the best he has bowled over the last three years of his whole career.

‘Why can’t I do that? Why can’t I play to that sort of age and keep improving? That’s got to be my driver, the thing that pushes me on.’

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