Warner jokes England should drop 'world-class' Broad again

By Sports Desk July 28, 2020

David Warner lavished praise on his Ashes nemesis Stuart Broad as he stands on the brink of reaching the 500 Test wickets landmark but quipped the England paceman should be dropped again.

Broad needs just one wicket on the final day of the series decider against West Indies at Old Trafford on Tuesday to become only the seventh bowler to take 500 Test scalps.

Warner was dismissed seven times by Broad during what was a poor Ashes series for the Australia opener in England last year.

Broad has shown his class after being left out for England's defeat to the Windies in the first match of the series at the Rose Bowl and Warner joked that the 34-year-old should be omitted again when the left-hander is next in England as he paid tribute to the quick.

He said: "I think they should drop [Broad] again. I don't know why they dropped him in that first game. It would be nice if I was to play there again and he wasn't playing.

"I haven't really been following what's been happening. I saw that he got a 50 [in the third Test on Saturday] and I think he's been taking some [batting] tips off Shane Warne, which is weird.

"The way he bowls, the way he's been bowling the last 18 months, has been outstanding.

"I don't know what the reasoning was leaving him out in that first Test but he’s come back and taken some wickets. I personally think he's a world-class bowler and the last 18 months he's really worked hard on pitching the ball up.

"When I look back at the stats I think it's probably the first time in his career he's pitched the ball up in that five to six metres that bowlers talk about.

"He's obviously got a hell of a record against left handers and I think the capabilities of him bringing the ball back off the wicket into the left hander has been another string to his bow.

"Bowlers tend to not talk about not meaning to do that off the seam, but if you keep producing the right seam consistently enough, you're going to get that sideways movement both ways and he's been able to get that.

"It's not by fluke that he's had success the last 18 months, he's worked really hard to get to where he is and credit to him. Hopefully I do get another crack against him. 

"I'm not sure when we're back over there, and not sure where I am at the stage of my career as well, so obviously a lot to think about before then."

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