David Warner's act of pure class after Ashes series from hell

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

David Warner has shown his class with a selfless reaction to a historically bad Ashes series.

Warner managed just 95 runs in the five-Test series, during which he was dismissed by Stuart Broad on seven occasions.

It is the lowest tally by an opener from 10 innings in any series in the history of Test cricket.

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But instead of wallowing in his personal struggles, Warner offered an incredibly classy take on social media on Tuesday.

“What a ride it’s been over the last few months here in the UK. First the ICC Cricket World Cup and then The Ashes,” Warner posted on Instagram alongside a pic of his teammates and the Ashes urn.

“I enjoyed both but, for me, Test cricket is the best form of the game and the one I love the most.

David Warner endured a series from hell. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

“In this Ashes series we had five fantastic Tests with some seriously good individual performances from players on both teams.

“I believe that, for any kid growing up in Australia, being a part of an Ashes series is still the pinnacle and if we’ve reinforced that over the past couple of months, and even got new boys and girls excited about the game, then that’s a great result.”

The opening batsman thanked fans for their support and said he’s looking forward to spending some time with his family.

“The fact we retained the urn makes all our hard work worthwhile and it’s the icing on the cake,” he continued.

“Thanks to all of you back home who stayed up late to support us, as well as the many of you who made the trip to back us at the ovals. It means the world to us and we just hope we have given you some enjoyment.

“Thanks, too, for all the banter from the fans - it was fun.

“For me personally it was a tough series but my challenge now is to bounce back. I’ll be doing everything I can to do just that - but first some family time!”

Langer backs Warner to bounce back

Warner is expected to be retained at the top of the order when Australia's next Test begins, against Pakistan at the Gabba, on November 21.

But the 32-year-old, in the midst of an unprecedented slump in a career that has featured 21 Test tons, will be keen to register a big score early in the home season.

"I've learned over a long period you never write off champion players," coach Justin Langer said.

"They tend to come good, don't they? So he's had a tough series, no doubt.

"Usually with champion players they get a bit more time to come good ... I'm hopeful.

"There's plenty of upside still to his batting."

Langer pointed to Warner's mountain of runs in the Indian Premier League and World Cup as proof he still had it but admitted "he let Stuart Broad get into his head".

"He thought way too much about it," Langer said.

"I've seen it before. Even with the great players ... Gilly (Adam Gilchrist) with Andrew Flintoff.

"I used to have it against Murali (Muttiah Muralitharan) and I couldn't solve the issue.

"It's so hard when you try to problem solve in the middle of a big series ... he'll probably be very relieved he gets on the Qantas flight in a day's time and doesn't have to face Stuart Broad for a while."

with AAP