David Warner
David Warner (Image Credits: Twitter)

Veteran England pacer James Anderson admitted that it will be a challenge for him and his fellow bowlers to deal with Australian opener David Warner in the upcoming Ashes.

Warner is coming fresh from his resilience in Australia’s triumphant campaign in the T20 World Cup. He scored 289 runs at the strike rate of 146.70.

You can never say you’re actually on top of David Warner: James Anderson

Warner went through a lean patch during the 2019 Ashes, where he scored just 95 runs in 10 Test innings and got dismissed by Stuart Broad seven out of 10 times during that tour.

But Anderson, who will lead England’s pace attack against Australia in the Ashes, feels Warner will be a different batter in Australia.

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,” Anderson told Fox Sports.

James Anderson
James Anderson (Image Credit: Twitter)

“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,” he added.

David Warner is even more important in the Test line-up: Greg Chappell

Warner had a tough time during IPL 2021, where things didn’t go well between him and the franchise. But he made a resounding comeback in the World T20, smashing three fifties, including the 53 in the final against New Zealand.

Former Australian player Greg Chappell said that Warner’s ability to score at a rapid pace makes him more valuable in Australia’s Test team.

“Many had written him off before the T20 World Cup, only to have him prove how important he is at the top of the order,” Chappell said.

David Warner
David Warner. Credits: Twitter

“I think he is even more important in the Test line-up. A skilful, fast-scoring opening batsman can be invaluable in setting up the game. Teams with aggressive openers cause opposition captains and bowlers to toss and turn at night,” he added.

Warner smashed 335 against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval in November 2019 and remained unbeaten as then Australia captain Tim Paine had declared the innings.

The first Ashes Test between Australia and England will be played on December 8 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

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