Stuart Broad reveals secret to dominating David Warner during Ashes

England bowler Stuart Broad has lifted the lid on how he dominated Australia batsman David Warner during last summer’s Ashes series.

Broad dismissed Warner seven times across the five-match series, with the Australia opener scoring just 95 runs in ten innings.

Despite Warner’s struggles at the top of the order, Australia still managed to retain the urn with a 2-2 draw against Joe Root’s England.

Reflecting on the series and his dominance over Warner, Broad told the Sky Sports Cricket podcast: ‘I did a lot of research going in as my record against him was really average.

‘He is such a dangerous player and one of the best third-innings opening batsmen in the world. You know he can come in and take the game away from you if Australia have got a lead.

‘Having played against him a lot over the last eight or nine years, I found that, as I am a taller bowler, when he sat back in the crease he was cutting and square driving me a lot to the boundary.

‘I decided I was just going to try and hit his stumps every ball. I was not going to try and swing it away from it as I felt that gave him width, I was just going to scramble the seam.

‘If he hit it straight back past me for four, I’d be happy. I didn’t mind a few early boundaries if I could bring those stumps into play. I probably ended up bowling a bit fuller than I planned but it worked.’

Broad, England’s second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, added: ‘Once I got him at Lord’s, the third time in a row, I just got that feeling like I was getting a bit of a competitive edge over him.

‘Little things, like he’d come and talk to me in the morning. That’s something he’s never done as he is such a strong competitive character.

‘He was just trying to find out what was going on. He asked me in the warm-up at Lord’s whether I had meant to nip it up the slope and I was like “yeah, yeah, yeah” but of course I hadn’t!’

Broad, 33, has taken 485 wickets in 138 Test matches for England, a figure bettered only by team-mate James Anderson.

The Nottinghamshire seamer currently sits seventh on the list of all-time wicket-takers in Test cricket.

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