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The 11 runs he scored in his final innings at London on Sunday was Warner’s second highest score in the series. @ AFP

One batsman who will want to quickly forget the Ashes 2019 series is David Warner, who’s horrific show with the bat ended with a dreadful average of just 9.50.

Stuart Broad terrorised Warner with his around-the-wicket line and removed the southpaw for the seventh time across his 10 innings that set a new Test record.

Such an instance has occurred on only five other occasions when a bowler dismissed a player seven times in a single series. The last time this happened was in the previous Ashes series where Australia spin bowler Nathan Lyon haunted Moeen Ali.

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Despite his form, Warner found vital support from head coach Justin Langer. “I think, talking frankly, he let Stuart Broad get into his head and he thought way too much about it,” Langer said.

After his 61-run knock in the first innings of the third Test at Headingley, the 11 runs he scored in his final innings at Manchester on Sunday was Warner’s second highest score in the series. He also has 3 consecutive ducks in the series.

“I’ve seen it before, even with the great players, every now and then they have a series and I’m talking about the all-time great players they have a series where I remember Gilly (Adam Gilchrist) with Andrew Flintoff, I remember seeing Steve Waugh sit on the team bus in South Africa and the guy had been a run machine for so long, he got out just before stumps and I, in a sick sort of way, thought it was the best thing I’d ever seen,” Langer said.

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“In this instance I don’t think David solved the puzzle, and he’ll be first to admit that, he’ll probably be very relieved he gets on the Qantas flight in a day’s time and doesn’t have to face Stuart Broad for a while I reckon. But he is certainly, there’s plenty of upside still to his batting. I’ve learned over a long period you never write off champion players, it doesn’t matter what sport, you never write off champion players. They tend to come good, don’t they? So, he’s had a tough series, no doubt about that, but he’s also a champion player so usually with champion players they get a bit more time to come good.”

Meanwhile, Langer believes that although there has been great improvement in the Australian team over his 16 months in charge, there should be more for the side to reach greatness.

“It’s something we’re getting better at, how we back up after a win.

“That probably comes with the maturity of the group as well. It’s ok to fight back when you are underdogs and it’s one of those Australian things we love the underdog tag. To fight back from a tough loss is admirable and I said how proud I was with everyone for that.

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“But also over the last couple of years we haven’t necessarily performed at our best after a win. Really good teams do that. We didn’t do that too well after the first Test at Lord’s. We didn’t do it after this Test. There have been some Test series over the last couple of years where the team hasn’t been able to. I think that’ll be part of the maturity of our side. If you probably think about it, the way we were in this series, we aren’t a great team yet.

“We are a good team, we are a maturing team. We have got some great players in it. But we’re aspiring to be a great cricket team. You got to work hard and get consistent results to achieve that. That comes from experience and learning how to win. That comes with players individually getting more experienced and the team working together. Those sort of things evolve I think.”