Stuart Broad wary of David Warner threat in Australia despite 2019 Ashes success

England seamer Stuart Broad is set to renew his rivalry with Australia opener David Warner in this winter's Ashes series, following his great success against him two years ago.

During the 2019 Ashes, Broad dismissed Warner seven times in ten innings, with the batter managing just 61 runs at an average of 9.50.

Broad's decision to bowl around the wicket to the left-handed Warner was a masterstroke and reminiscent of the great success Andrew Flintoff had using the tactic against Adam Gilchrist in the 2005 Ashes.

However, Broad recognises that bowling to Warner in Australia will prove a much different prospect, with the ball unlikely to swing as much as it does in England.

Speaking to Fox Cricket, he said: "I'm very aware the challenge of bowling to David Warner with the Kookaburra in Australia is very different to [bowling] in England with the Dukes.

"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.

"The pitches had a little bit of nip in them and once we got two or three wickets in, it almost became a bit of a mental thing.

"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."

Broad's bowling partner James Anderson hopes he can "stay on top" of Warner this winter, telling Fox Cricket's Road to the Ashes podcast: "Stuart had a great amount of success against him.

"If he can stay on top of him, get on top of him early, it could work in our favour. We’ve got to start well. The Gabba in particular is huge for us.

"If we can start well and get one up on a few of the batters and try to find some weaknesses that can have a real snowball effect throughout the series.

"We’ve played so much cricket against David Warner, we know you can never say you’re actually on top of him, he’s that good of a batter, he’s got that much quality, especially in Australia, his record in Australia is ridiculous.

"So we know it’s going to be a different animal to the one we faced in 2019 in our summer."

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