15/08/2022

during day one of the Fourth Test match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 05, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo: Izhar Ahmed Khan)

David Warner once again succumbed to Stuart Broad on day one at the SCG, but he doesn't worry too much about the battle.

There’s been plenty made about David Warner’s intriguing head-to-head battle with English bowler Stuart Broad, which today took another turn at a rainy day one at the SCG.

The Aussie opener got away to a fast start, racing to 30 before Broad managed to entice him into a drive that flew to Zak Crawley at slip.

It marked the 13th time Broad has dismissed Warner at Test level, but for the Australian it’s no cause for alarm bells as it allowed the pair to renew a good-hearted rivalry.

“From my perspective it’s like facing any other bowler – but Broady and I love it out there, we have some funny banter,” Warner told media at stumps.

“It’s one of those things where a bowler bowls a lot at you and he puts it in good areas a lot, he’s consistent and he’ll get you to create that false shot.”

Stuart Broad prepares to steam in at Warner and co again on day one. (Photo: Izhar Ahmed Khan)

“Today I tried to drive too straight compared to other shots where I drove through the covers and that was my disappointment, but it’s awesome to see a world-class bowler like him out there.”

It was another chapter of the Warner-Broad rivalry, which infamously kicked into gear when Broad managed to tie up the Aussie in the 2019 Ashes when reverting to bowling around the wicket.

With the English bowler missing two of the Ashes Tests in this series at the two venues most suited to his swinging and seaming style, the scalp of Warner proved his ability to consistently trouble one of the world’s best opening batters.

Another English bowler who caught Warner’s eye was Mark Wood, who has been close to the pick of the tourist’s bowlers when he has been selected this series. The Aussie opener admitted Wood “bowled fantastic”, attributing his success to his “impeccable line and length” to partner his blistering raw pace.

Warner’s innings was also constantly interrupted by rain, as dark Sydney skies meant the game was consistently paused throughout the day. Yet the experienced opener admitted he was well-versed in the art of switching on and off during inconsistent days of test match batting.

“It’s out of our control and we just have to re-adjust when we come off and go back on,” he said.

“It’s not ideal, we play some Monopoly Deal to switch off, some boys eat and talk a little bit about the game.”

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Warner has every reason to be hung up on his disappointing dismissal, which cut short yet another promising innings.

But he instead turned his attention to childhood friend and returning Australian teammate Usman Khawaja, who managed to survive not out into day two.

“He’s obviously scored a lot of runs in the past couple of years and has waited patiently – I’m excited to be back here playing alongside him and having his family around has been exciting,” Warner said.

“He’s pumped – he’s like a kid in a candy store around us, he brings a lot of energy to training sessions and he will do so on the field as well.”

There was plenty made about the green SCG pitch, which had plenty of carry and swing movement in the overcast conditions.

Having experienced the brunt of it when opening the batting, Warner noticed the difference, and picked up on some small indicators that will make his Aussie teammates keen to bowl later in the test.

“Given the weather around, the wicket was a day harder than what it normally would’ve been, that’s why we saw the ball kiss a bit more,” he said.

“I can see some cracks underneath the grass surface, I think batting first you need to maximise the first innings, as I think it’s going to be interesting come days four and five.”

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