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Worst in Test history: Warner's shocking new low


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David Warner has admitted that he's become Stuart Broad's bunny, turning to Steve Smith for help amid the worst Test series in history for Australian opening batsmen.

Warner is on the brink of being dropped for the first time in his Test career, though Australian greats Ian Healy and Ian Chappell believe that he will get a fortuitous reprieve for the fifth Test at The Oval.

The usually-dynamic opening batsman made his third consecutive duck by registering a pair in the fourth Test at Old Trafford; an unprecedented low in his 78-Test career. He was trapped LBW by Broad in the second innings, having been dismissed by edging a leave against the veteran seamer in the first innings.

Broad has now dismissed Warner six times in this series and 11 times in Test cricket. The Australian just tied an unwanted record, becoming one of just three openers to be dismissed six times by the same bowler in one series for less than 10 runs; the others being India's Vinoo Mankad against Ray Lindwall and England's Mike Atherton against Australia's Glenn McGrath.

Warner also registered the first Ashes pair from an opening batsman since Atherton went duck-duck at the MCG in 1997-98. He was the first Australian opener to make a pair since Mark Taylor against Pakistan in 1994, while Graeme Wood was the last to make three consecutive ducks, way back in 1980 against New Zealand.

Warner's 0-0-0 quickly became a punchline on social media, with claims that it was an emergency call for help. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said in commentary that Warner's body language against Broad was giving him away: "I've always said that when a batsman or bowler smiles out on the pitch, it's a sign of nerves."

Smith revealed that Warner had acknowledged he had a major problem against Broad.

"We've talked, a few different things here and there," Smith said. "It's just trying to form a plan to get through Broad.

"He's admitted himself Broad's had the wood on him throughout this series and he's been talking to myself and Justin (Langer) and (batting coach) Graeme Hick.

"I think about ways he can play. He's tried a couple different ways and they haven't quite worked.

"But Davey's a quality player and he hasn't had a great deal of luck this series, hopefully he can turn it around and get a big one for us at The Oval."

Warner has 79 runs for the series at a dismal 9.87. He made 61 in one innings at Headingley, meaning he's made 18 runs across seven other innings.

Australia's opening batting generally, including Cameron Bancroft (44 runs at 11) and Marcus Harris (46 runs at 11.50), has been historically awful. Eight opening partnerships so far this series have produced just 62 runs - beating Australia's previous Test low through eight innings of 66, registered in 1909.

Warner has been the first batsman out in every Australian innings amid that unwanted record, a low spanning the entire 142 years of Test cricket. As the senior batsman, he must cop the bulk of the blame.

"It's not been easy for Davey and Marcus, but they're trying their hardest," Smith said.

Warner's perfect responses for heckling fan

Warner has seven single-figure scores this Ashes. He's surpassed the six single-figure innings that Kim Hughes posted against the West Indies in 1984-85, in a series that ended his Australian captaincy and his career.

Healy told Wide World of Sports that Warner needed to throw caution to the wind in the final Test.

"I would play him at The Oval," Healy said.

"But I'm very hopeful he has a 'what the heck' moment, where he just gets out there and hits it. Watches it, hits it and sees what comes of it, because he's caring too much and not watching the ball enough."

Chappell said: "The good thing about those string of (single-figure) scores is you don't know whether he's in or out of form, because he's not out there long enough. Sometimes you can bat too long and show you're out of form.

"If Australia win, there's not much point changing (the side). And the other thing, The Oval in general is a very good batting pitch. So if he's going to come out of it, it's likely to be at The Oval."

Atherton, who was dismissed a record 19 times by McGrath in Test cricket, broke down Warner's woes against Broad during commentary on day four.

"It's a nightmare for David Warner, increasingly hapless against Stuart Broad," Atherton said.

"The two balls, the one that got him out and the ball before (in the second innings), sums up Warner's problems against Broad in this series. The ball before nipped away towards the slips, nearly flicked the glove, and the ball that got him carried on, on the angle, palpably LBW.

"What do Australia do? Broad is all over Warner, he's had him six times from around the wicket and that is a nightmare for an opener.

"Averaging 5.33 (against Broad) - nightmare for an opener. When he's such a senior player, as well, that's the issue."

Having dropped Bancroft and Usman Khawaja from the top order, Australia has precious few options to potentially replace Warner for the fifth Test.

Former Australian captain Mark Taylor suggested No.3 Marnus Labuschagne as a potential opener, while Joe Burns - who made 180 opening in his last Test against Sri Lanka - may get another chance in future.

Australia will hope to nurse Warner through to the Australian summer, given that he averages nearly 60 on home soil. Warner averages just 27.60 in England and has never made a century on an Ashes tour.

David Warner has admitted that he's become Stuart Broad's bunny, turning to Steve Smith for help amid the worst Test series in history for Australian opening batsmen.

Warner is on the brink of being dropped for the first time in his Test career, though Australian greats Ian Healy and Ian Chappell believe that he will get a fortuitous reprieve for the fifth Test at The Oval.

The usually-dynamic opening batsman made his third consecutive duck by registering a pair in the fourth Test at Old Trafford; an unprecedented low in his 78-Test career. He was trapped LBW by Broad in the second innings, having been dismissed by edging a leave against the veteran seamer in the first innings.

Broad has now dismissed Warner six times in this series and 11 times in Test cricket. The Australian just tied an unwanted record, becoming one of just three openers to be dismissed six times by the same bowler in one series for less than 10 runs; the others being India's Vinoo Mankad against Ray Lindwall and England's Mike Atherton against Australia's Glenn McGrath.

Warner also registered the first Ashes pair from an opening batsman since Atherton went duck-duck at the MCG in 1997-98. He was the first Australian opener to make a pair since Mark Taylor against Pakistan in 1994, while Graeme Wood was the last to make three consecutive ducks, way back in 1980 against New Zealand.

Warner's 0-0-0 quickly became a punchline on social media, with claims that it was an emergency call for help. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said in commentary that Warner's body language against Broad was giving him away: "I've always said that when a batsman or bowler smiles out on the pitch, it's a sign of nerves."

Smith revealed that Warner had acknowledged he had a major problem against Broad.

"We've talked, a few different things here and there," Smith said. "It's just trying to form a plan to get through Broad.

"He's admitted himself Broad's had the wood on him throughout this series and he's been talking to myself and Justin (Langer) and (batting coach) Graeme Hick.

"I think about ways he can play. He's tried a couple different ways and they haven't quite worked.

"But Davey's a quality player and he hasn't had a great deal of luck this series, hopefully he can turn it around and get a big one for us at The Oval."

Warner has 79 runs for the series at a dismal 9.87. He made 61 in one innings at Headingley, meaning he's made 18 runs across seven other innings.

Australia's opening batting generally, including Cameron Bancroft (44 runs at 11) and Marcus Harris (46 runs at 11.50), has been historically awful. Eight opening partnerships so far this series have produced just 62 runs - beating Australia's previous Test low through eight innings of 66, registered in 1909.

Warner has been the first batsman out in every Australian innings amid that unwanted record, a low spanning the entire 142 years of Test cricket. As the senior batsman, he must cop the bulk of the blame.

"It's not been easy for Davey and Marcus, but they're trying their hardest," Smith said.

Warner's perfect responses for heckling fan

Warner has seven single-figure scores this Ashes. He's surpassed the six single-figure innings that Kim Hughes posted against the West Indies in 1984-85, in a series that ended his Australian captaincy and his career.

Healy told Wide World of Sports that Warner needed to throw caution to the wind in the final Test.

"I would play him at The Oval," Healy said.

"But I'm very hopeful he has a 'what the heck' moment, where he just gets out there and hits it. Watches it, hits it and sees what comes of it, because he's caring too much and not watching the ball enough."

Chappell said: "The good thing about those string of (single-figure) scores is you don't know whether he's in or out of form, because he's not out there long enough. Sometimes you can bat too long and show you're out of form.

"If Australia win, there's not much point changing (the side). And the other thing, The Oval in general is a very good batting pitch. So if he's going to come out of it, it's likely to be at The Oval."

Atherton, who was dismissed a record 19 times by McGrath in Test cricket, broke down Warner's woes against Broad during commentary on day four.

"It's a nightmare for David Warner, increasingly hapless against Stuart Broad," Atherton said.

"The two balls, the one that got him out and the ball before (in the second innings), sums up Warner's problems against Broad in this series. The ball before nipped away towards the slips, nearly flicked the glove, and the ball that got him carried on, on the angle, palpably LBW.

"What do Australia do? Broad is all over Warner, he's had him six times from around the wicket and that is a nightmare for an opener.

"Averaging 5.33 (against Broad) - nightmare for an opener. When he's such a senior player, as well, that's the issue."

Having dropped Bancroft and Usman Khawaja from the top order, Australia has precious few options to potentially replace Warner for the fifth Test.

Former Australian captain Mark Taylor suggested No.3 Marnus Labuschagne as a potential opener, while Joe Burns - who made 180 opening in his last Test against Sri Lanka - may get another chance in future.

Australia will hope to nurse Warner through to the Australian summer, given that he averages nearly 60 on home soil. Warner averages just 27.60 in England and has never made a century on an Ashes tour.

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