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