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Thursday, 15 August 2019

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Watch the video above for full Day Two highlights from the second Ashes Test at Lord's!

Legendary former Australian captain Mark Taylor says David Warner's failure to adapt to the new-ball tactics employed by England spearhead Stuart Broad could cost his side the opportunity to intimidate with the bat as the series progresses.

Warner has struggled to find form in his three Test innings since returning from a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, dismissed cheaply by Broad each time he's walked to the crease this Ashes series.

Aussies endure a mixed day of fortunes in the field

Taylor said Warner had some technical adjustments to make, with Broad causing him all sorts of problems by bowling outswingers from around the wicket.

"I think this going around the wicket, and it was around the wicket outswingers today, that seems to be worrying him because he sort of seems to want to be playing them towards mid on, rather than probably towards mid off, is where he should be playing," Taylor told Wide World of Sports from Lord's.

"And that's bringing the outside edge into play and obviously that ball that comes back through the gate, so that tactic being used by Stuart Broad is certainly working at the moment."

To compound Warner's issues, Australia's other opening batsman Cameron Bancroft has also been unconvincing with his unconventional technique seriously tested by Broad, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes.

Like Warner, Bancroft is yet to find his way to a double-figure score so far this series, putting Steve Smith and the rest of the middle order under extreme pressure.

Bancroft survived a stern 13 over examination overnight and will resume his innings on five when he returns to the crease on day three, with Taylor noting that his technique "still looks a bit wavy".

However Taylor emphasised that it was Warner's form that would have a bigger bearing on how the rest of the Ashes series plays out, given his ability to set up the game with his aggression.

"I think Australia would be comfortable, although they would have loved to have kept David Warner at the crease I think because he's the sort of guy who can make a huge difference in a short time," Taylor said.

"And what we haven't seen this series so far, apart from Smith, is someone to really dominate the bowling. They haven't got him started so that was a big blow at the end of the day."

Cameron Bancroft takes short leg screamer

Taylor judged Australia to be slightly ahead in the game after dismissing England for a first innings total of 258 but cautioned that, for the second Test in a row, the pitch would make it hard work for the batsmen.

"It looks like it's hard work and to be fair to probably everyone at the moment, bar Steve Smith and Matthew Wade in the first Test," Taylor said.

"So that might be a little bit pitch-related but also a little bit form-related in the fact that I think a lot of these guys have been playing a lot of one-day cricket on good, hard, flat pitches and that's not what we're seeing at the moment in these Test matches."

Watch the video above for full Day Two highlights from the second Ashes Test at Lord's!

Legendary former Australian captain Mark Taylor says David Warner's failure to adapt to the new-ball tactics employed by England spearhead Stuart Broad could cost his side the opportunity to intimidate with the bat as the series progresses.

Warner has struggled to find form in his three Test innings since returning from a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, dismissed cheaply by Broad each time he's walked to the crease this Ashes series.

Aussies endure a mixed day of fortunes in the field

Taylor said Warner had some technical adjustments to make, with Broad causing him all sorts of problems by bowling outswingers from around the wicket.

"I think this going around the wicket, and it was around the wicket outswingers today, that seems to be worrying him because he sort of seems to want to be playing them towards mid on, rather than probably towards mid off, is where he should be playing," Taylor told Wide World of Sports from Lord's.

"And that's bringing the outside edge into play and obviously that ball that comes back through the gate, so that tactic being used by Stuart Broad is certainly working at the moment."

To compound Warner's issues, Australia's other opening batsman Cameron Bancroft has also been unconvincing with his unconventional technique seriously tested by Broad, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes.

Like Warner, Bancroft is yet to find his way to a double-figure score so far this series, putting Steve Smith and the rest of the middle order under extreme pressure.

Bancroft survived a stern 13 over examination overnight and will resume his innings on five when he returns to the crease on day three, with Taylor noting that his technique "still looks a bit wavy".

However Taylor emphasised that it was Warner's form that would have a bigger bearing on how the rest of the Ashes series plays out, given his ability to set up the game with his aggression.

"I think Australia would be comfortable, although they would have loved to have kept David Warner at the crease I think because he's the sort of guy who can make a huge difference in a short time," Taylor said.

"And what we haven't seen this series so far, apart from Smith, is someone to really dominate the bowling. They haven't got him started so that was a big blow at the end of the day."

Cameron Bancroft takes short leg screamer

Taylor judged Australia to be slightly ahead in the game after dismissing England for a first innings total of 258 but cautioned that, for the second Test in a row, the pitch would make it hard work for the batsmen.

"It looks like it's hard work and to be fair to probably everyone at the moment, bar Steve Smith and Matthew Wade in the first Test," Taylor said.

"So that might be a little bit pitch-related but also a little bit form-related in the fact that I think a lot of these guys have been playing a lot of one-day cricket on good, hard, flat pitches and that's not what we're seeing at the moment in these Test matches."

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