Australia opener David Warner put his Ashes 2019 horror tour behind him with his first red-ball ton in nearly two years.
The New South Wales’ batsman registered his 29th first-class ton in the Sheffield Shield opener against Queensland at Brisbane to break a long red-ball century drought extending all the way back to 2017.
The left-hander’s return to the Australia Test squad after serving his suspension for the ball-tampering scandal was a horrendous one with England seamer Stuart Broad dismissing him on as many as seven occasions in the recent Ashes series.
The southpaw could muster just the 95 runs in his 10 innings in the Ashes series while bagging three ducks along the way. While it was a miserable campaign that will long be etched in the memory of cricket fans, Warned has accepted that Broad was simply too good for him in England.
“The ball was going in and away so on those kind of wickets, it’s quite challenging,” Warner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“I know me and Marcus Harris spoke about it quite a lot; what can you do? If it’s in the first 10 balls when you’re out there and you get a good one like that, you can’t do anything.
“I spoke to Broady about the one that bowled me at Lord’s; he said to me it was probably one of the best balls he’s ever bowled. Up the slope, nipping back in, it’s very difficult to do that repeatedly. Credit to him. I look back at that now and just forget about it.”
A man with 21 Test tons to his name, Warner is still expected to keep his place in the Australia Test squad despite his measly Ashes returns. The 32-year-old will look to get back to his very best at the international level when Australia host Pakistan in a two-match Test series beginning at the Gabba on November 21.
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