Stuart Broad gets Warner again as David Warner suffers third straight Test duck
Stuart Broad fired David Warner for a third duck in so many test tickets at Old Trafford on Saturday as England’s pacemaker continued to torment Australia’s starter in the Ashes series.
Broad, bowling around the wicket, had the sixth ball of left-hander Warner lbw to leave Australia any for one in his second inning of the fourth Test.
Broad also had Warner caught up in Australia’s first 497-8 innings declared, having knocked him out of weight in the second inning of a dramatic wicket win in England in the third Test at Headingley.
It’s Warner’s first series of tests since a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-handling scandal in South Africa.
However, this Ashes has seen Warner, 32, now playing in his 78th Test, become Broad’s “bunny.”
Saturday’s firing meant that 33-year-old medium- and fast-bunned Boy Broad had taken Warner’s wicket six times this series for a cost of 32 runs on 93 balls.
Warner, who didn’t even bother to review referee Marais Erasmus’s decision when he was delivered on Saturday, is only Australia’s third opening batsman to make three consecutive zeros in the test cricket after Victor Trumper in 1908 and Graeme Wood in 1980.
Despite Warner’s last early departure, which prompted the usual mix of cheers and boos from the local crowd, Australia still had 196 runs ahead after taking England out of 301 in its first innings.
While Warner is struggling, star hitter Steve Smith made 211 in Australia’s first innings at Old Trafford.
It was the third century of the former Australian captain of these ashes in what is also his first series, as he also completed a 12-month ball-tampering ban for his role in the same incident in Cape Town that led to Warner’s suspension, his then-deputy.
Australian starters will retain the ashes at 2-1 up with one to play in a series of five tests if they win at Old Trafford.