Veteran England seamer Stuart Broad acknowledged the challenge of bowling to Australian opener David Warner, despite having a good record against him. Stuart Broad revealed that the round-the-wicket bowling approach has limited David Warner’s scoring options on the offside.
Stuart Broad dismissed David Warner 17 times in the longer format of the game. The 37-year-old seamer dismissed Warner twice in the third Test of the Ashes 2023 series at Headingley in Leeds. The left-handed batter scored 424 runs against Broad at an average of 24.9 in Test matches.
I’ve Tried To Minimise The Width – Stuart Broad
In his column for The Daily Mail, Stuart Broad wrote that he focuses on bowling full-length deliveries to David Warner in order to make him play the most balls.
“The truth is I’ve always found it difficult bowling to Davey, and I still do. By going round the wicket I’ve tried to minimise the width he loves outside off stump but also bowl a fuller length and make him play at 80 to 85 per cent of deliveries,” Stuart Broad wrote.
Stuart Broad has the chance to break the record for the most dismissals of David Warner in Ashes history, surpassing Glenn McGrath’s 19 dismissals against Michael Atherton. However, Warner’s recent struggles in the series have raised questions about his place in the playing XI.
I Wanted To Bring The Stumps Into Play – Stuart Broad
The Nottinghamshire seamer recalled England fast bowling coach Ottis Gibson’s advice before the Ashes 2015 series, finding a way to restrict left-handers from scoring freely.
“He used to sit back against me and hit me through the off side, and before the 2015 Ashes, our bowling coach Ottis Gibson pointed out that my average was much higher against left-handers,” he further stated.
“The Aussie team that season was full of lefties, and Ottis said I’d be out of the team if I didn’t find a way to bowl to them.
I spent four months practising round the wicket. I wanted to bring the stumps into play, while still threatening the outside edge. By the time I got to Trent Bridge eight years ago, I bowled round the wicket all the time – and picked up eight for 15,” he concluded.