Did a lot of planning on David Warner: Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad claimed 23 wickets in the series. (AFP Image)

Stuart Broad emerged as the leading wicket-taker of the Ashes 2019 with 23 wickets but perhaps what he’ll remember the most about the series is how he had David Warner’s number throughout all the five Tests.

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Broad dismissed Warner seven times in the series as the Australia opener endured a horror run, managing just 95 runs from 10 innings at a dismal average of 9.50, with a high score of 61 at Leeds. This included three ducks in a row, summing up a forgettable series for the 32-year-old. This was Warner’s return to Test cricket since he was suspended for the ball-tampering scandal in 2018 and Broad explained how he’d done his homework in the Australia opener.

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“I had an added responsibility to try and get their big players out and that’s why I did a lot of planning on David Warner,” Broad said. “I never dreamt that I would have the success against him that I’ve had but, of course, that is just in this series.

“If we put our numbers together over the course of our careers, with how much we have played against each other, I think they would be quite even. He has outdone me in many a series but this time, it went my way.”

Broad went on to explain how Steve Smith’s prolific run proved to be the difference between the two sides. The former Australia captain peeled off a jaw-dropping 774 runs, this despite missing the third Test. Yet, England managed to pull things back, squaring the series with wins in Leeds and the Oval.

“They had one batsman who has been a 15 out of 10 and we’ve not had that, which has been a huge difference,” Broad said. “We would have really liked to win the series but if we sit down in a week’s time without the emotion, it is probably the right result.”

Broad went on to say that he has a lot more left to offer. He was left out of England’s tour of Sri Lanka last year and West Indies in early 2019 leading speculations about his future, but in the absence of James Anderson, Broad led the attack rigorously.

“I’ve been very pleased with how it has gone this summer. I’ve gone from being talked about as a diminishing cricketer being eased out to a reinvented cricketer with more to offer,” he said.