Stuart Broad has marked David Warner as the danger man in the Australian team in the upcoming Ashes series, while also admitting a begrudging respect for the opemning batsman’s aggressive mentality.
The opener fired up the visiting Englishmen last month by comparing the Ashes to “war” and said he planned to take “some sort of hatred” into the Tests, the first of which starts in Brisbane on November 23.
Broad said Warner, known for his fiery nature on the field, was a perennial danger. “I think someone like Warner you’ve got to try bowl a lot of balls at him with the new ball, because it’s your best chance of getting him out,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday (November 9).
“(But) you have to have a Plan B, and with someone like Warner you have to go to Plan B quicker than a lot of other batters.”
While Joe Root said before leaving England that Warner’s war analogy was “extreme”, Broad acknowledged teams needed characters like him to make them great.
“He’s someone that drives teams forward,” said Broad of Warner. “He’s one of those blokes who is not that enjoyable to play against, but if he’s in your team you love him. You have characters like that in most successful sports teams, don’t you?
“Someone who if he’s in the field, will stay in the battle, looking someone in the eye all the time, keep his bowlers moving … someone who can take the game away from you quickly.”
Broad said “the sort of guys who spur you on”, like Warner, were the ones he liked playing against the most. “You know that if you get it wrong to him he can hurt you, but it’s also extremely exciting if you get him out.”
Talking about the other big man in the Australian batting line-up, Steven Smith, Broad said, “He’s got huge scoring areas from straight, so I think we have to look for his outside edge up until day three. And then if the pitches start going slightly up and down or crack like the Gabba can do … you can bring lbw in.”