'Will destroy them': England's huge David Warner Ashes warning

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David Warner is looking to make amends for a dreadful 2019 Ashes campaign when the series swings back to Australia later this month. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)
David Warner is looking to make amends for a dreadful 2019 Ashes campaign when the series swings back to Australia later this month. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Australian Test captain Michael Clarke has warned England quick Stuart Broad there will be no repeat of his stranglehold over David Warner when the Ashes are contested on home turf.

Broad had Warner all figured out during the 2019 Ashes series in England, putting the Australian opener through hell throughout.

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Warner was dismissed by Broad no fewer than seven times in just 104 deliveries - sending his series average spiralling to just 9.5 runs over the course of the Ashes.

This was despite a generally impressive showing at the 2019 Cricket World Cup for Warner, with the tournament wrapping up prior to the Ashes commencing.

Once again, Warner has put together a good run of form leading into the Ashes, having claimed Player of the Tournament honours at the T20 World Cup - which Australia won in a surprising upset.

However, his former skipper in Clarke says there won't be a repeat of his 2019 Ashes nightmare when he faces Broad at the Gabba.

Clarke told the Big Sports Brekky radio program that all it would take for Warner to get rolling was one solid innings in Brisbane.

“He’s got two Test matches,” Clarke said.

“He’s got the Gabba and then the day-nighter in Adelaide to either work over David Warner or his back is going to be sore from bowling so many overs.

“I’m telling you: if Davey gets a start in this first Test match, if conditions are good for batting at the Gabba, he will be the leading runs scorer. He will smoke this England attack. No Jofra Archer. He will destroy them in Australian conditions.

“He’s back confident, played well in the World Cup, has that strut back.”

For his part, Broad has admitted the different ball used in Australia combined with the drastically different conditions means he cannot rely on the same tactics used to great effect in 2019.

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Speaking to Fox Sports in November, Broad said the key to his success at home in 2019 was having the opportunity to fully study up on Warner's habits at the crease.

Coming to each and every delivery with a plan in mind was crucial, with broad admitting he was not expecting a repeat of the same strategy to work.

“I’m very aware the challenge of bowling to David Warner with the Kookaburra in Australia is very different to in England with the Dukes,” he said.

“What pleased me in 2019 – I did a lot of research before the series, he was someone I always felt I never got it right to and he was someone who we, as a team, were very wary of, because he can take the game away from you.

“We came up with this plan of bowling a bit fuller, bowl at the stumps and if you miss, miss leg-side because if you miss off-side, he hits you for four.

“But I’m very aware he’ll be very focused for this Ashes series in conditions where it is harder to bowl a fuller length.”

As far as former England coach Trevor Bayliss is concerned, the wet-weather event that is La Nina could help propel the country's Ashes campaign.

England quick Stuart Broad isn't expecting to see the same David Warner he dominated during the 2019 Ashes series. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
England quick Stuart Broad isn't expecting to see the same David Warner he dominated during the 2019 Ashes series. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Australian-born Bayliss famously engineered England's upset 2015 Ashes victory on home soil, and helped expose his native country's left-handers in the 2019 series.

There had been a thought that the likes of David Warner and Marcus Harris would have a significantly better time this summer on flatter wickets, after an average opening stand of just 8.5 two years ago.

And while Bayliss expected life would be harder for England's quicks this summer than on seaming decks back home, he warned the weather would still be a factor.

Players are preparing for a green Gabba wicket in next week's series opener after weeks of downpours, while above average rainfalls are expected for the next three months.

"In Australia the ball doesn't move quite as much and the England bowlers will have to come up with something different," Bayliss said.

"But having said that there has been a little bit of talk about the weather Australia will experience this summer, so it will be interesting to see if that makes a difference.

"Does the ball move around a little bit more? Does it swing a bit more? Is there going to be more in the wicket because of the weather?

"All those things we will all learn in that first Test in Brisbane."

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