David Warner Ashes stats: Ricky Ponting’s plan to help opener overcome Stuart Broad bogey in Tests
David Warner was bowled for 3 by Stuart Broad at Lord's. © AFP

Australia cricket legend Ricky Ponting has advice for David Warner on how to try and stop getting out to Stuart Broad – attack him.

Broad’s dismissal of Warner for 3 before stumps on day two of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s was the England pace bowler’s third in 29 deliveries bowled to the recalled opener this series.

At Edgbaston, Broad dismissed Warner for 2 and 8, lbw and caught behind. On Thursday – the first full day of cricket at Lord’s after day one was washed out – Broad bowled Warner for 3 when the batsman played down the wrong line to delivery angled into him.


According to Ponting, Warner missed out all three times on hitting those deliveries for four.

“I think the thing that would disappoint Davey the most was the fact there were a few clear scoring opportunities that he missed,” he told cricket.com.au. “There were a few really wide ones that he would generally pounce on and cut, and there was a half volley that he got a thick outside edge on and went to backward point. If he puts those three balls away, it’s a totally different game. You’re off to a flyer and the pressure goes back onto the bowler.

Stuart Broad Ashes 2019
Stuart Broad has dismissed David Warner three times this Ashes. AFP

“The ones that he missed out on were short and wide, which says to me that he wasn’t as free in the mind as he should have been. He plays his best when he’s playing the ball and hitting the ball hard. That’s going to be the challenge for him; to free himself up in the mind, watch the ball and react accordingly.”

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Broad has generally operated to Warner from around the stumps, which Ponting felt was no surprise.

“I spoke to him [Warner] before the series and he knew that was the way they were going to bowl to him,” he said. “People think he’s just a stand-and-deliver batsman, but there’s a lot more thought into it than that. He plans very well and the fact he’s batting on off stump shows he’s thought a fair bit about it.

“The problem is, when you’re expecting a bowler to bowl a certain way to you, you tend to only look for that one delivery. He would have just been looking for something that was quite full, pitching on off stump and swinging away. Even the one that bowled him, it looked like he was expecting it to swing away from him. He missed it on the inside.

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“It’s a hard thing to do to pick yourself up and just go and hit the ball. But that’s what he’s going to have to do and that’s the way he plays his best.”

In reply to England’s 258, Australia are 30/1 at stumps on day two of the Lord’s Test.