Broad never expected hoodoo over Warner
England paceman magnanimous in his assessment of hold over Australia's aggressive left-hander during the Ashes and says drawn series was the 'right result'.
18 September 2019, 02:47 PM AEST
England pace veteran Stuart Broad admits he never expected to have so much success against champion Australia batsman David Warner during the drawn Ashes series.
Warner suffered a horror series against the 33-year-old seamer, falling to him seven times, the last dismissal coming in the fifth Test at the Oval.
The dismal run was enough for Australia coach Justin Langer to admit that former vice-captain Warner had allowed the England strike bowler to "get into his head". Broad, however, was magnanimous in his own assessment of their enthralling duels.
"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."
If Broad had been able to find a similar way through Steve Smith's defences, the urn might be heading back to Lord's but as it was, the former Australia captain piled up 774 runs in just seven innings to leave England scratching their heads over and over again.
"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 is confident he still has plenty more to give in the Test arena after rolling back the years with a brilliant Ashes campaign.
Having spent the best part of a decade as an automatic pick, he was left out three times in England's recent tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies, leading to speculation about his ongoing role in the team.
But rather than retreat, he used the time to remodel his action and examine new tactics, leaving him ready to lead the attack when James Anderson pulled up injured on the first morning of the Australia series.
Broad finished as England's top wicket-taker with 23 and can now eye the milestone of 500 career scalps confidently.
He is already on 467 and looks revitalised after a dozen years and 132 Tests on the clock.
"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.