David Warner yet to fathom Australia's dramatic collapse that cost them the Ashes

David Warner (above) urged Australian batsmen to learn from Ian Bell © Getty Images

Aug 14, 2013

David Warner admitted on Wednesday that he is yet to fathom Australia’s dramatic collapse against England on the fourth day of the fourth Ashes Test, which they lost by 74 runs at Durham on Monday.

Warner provided a solid foundation to Australia’s chase of 300 with a 109-run opening stand with Chris Rogers, scoring a fluent 71, but Australia suffered a batting collapse and lose the Test and the series.

“Everyone is still thinking ‘how did it unfold?”‘ said Warner. Australia slipped from 147 for one to 224 all-out in a matter of hours to concede the Ashes for the third consecutive time to England.

“It was gutting. I went to have a shower … it took me half an hour to get over my dismissal. When I came out we had lost three quick wickets. I still can’t believe it happened so fast and it finished [on Monday]. I just thought if we hung in there and got through that tough period of [Stuart] Broad’s spell we could have come back and finished it off at lunchtime [on Tuesday] but we lost. It’s our fault, the batters,” Warner was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Warner likened the mood at Chester-le-Street with the reception he received at the Old Trafford ground a fortnight ago, saying no cricketer can prepare for such situations.

“I know the feeling when the guys first come in [to bat]. When I came back and I got booed walking out in Manchester I felt real nervy, I felt real small,” he said.

“I felt that everything was against me, and I can just imagine how some of the guys felt [on Monday] when we lost those quick wickets. I’m pretty sure the guys were feeling the pressure but we’re professional athletes and we have to adapt to that.

“You can’t train for those conditions. The best way to train for that is to get out there and try to work out how to block that out and play your game. That comes down to respecting the good balls and not playing across the line,” Warner expressed.

The left-handed opening batsman urged Australian cricketers to learn from Ian Bell, saying it is important to be patient in order to make a big score.

“We need to know how to reign it in and then we know we’re going to get those bad balls. The perfect example is looking at Ian Bell. Anything we’ve bowled to him straight at the stumps he’s defended back to the bowler and probably 80 per cent of the 500 runs he’s scored in this series have been through cover and point because they’re through loose balls,” Warner said.

He added, “And that’s all he’s doing … he’s waiting and being patient and it’s exactly what ‘Bucky’ [Rogers] was doing in the first innings. He waited for that ball and he knows his game so well that anything in that zone he’s blocking and any width he’s playing. That’s how simple they’ve kept it.”

“We have to work out how to identify the key moments, block them out and see out the rest of the day. That’s all we spoke about,” Warner stated.