Warner jokingly suggests England selectors to drop Ashes nemesis Broad
David Warner heaped praise on his England adversary Stuart Broad as he jokingly suggested selectors to drop the veteran seamer more often.
Broad became only the seventh bowler in the sport to complete the astonishing milestone of 500 Test wickets on Tuesday as England cruised to victory over West Indies in the series-decider at Old Trafford.
His battle with Warner was one of the highlights of the English summer last year when he dismissed the Aussie opening batsman cheaply on seven occasions across the hard-fought Ashes series.
Despite his outstanding record in the longest format, Broad was surprisingly dropped from England's squad for the first Test against West Indies.
The shock omission presumably spurred him to give back-to-back stunning performances to propel his side to successive wins.
Broad also starred with a quick-fire half-century in England's first innings in the third Test to power his team towards a challenging total following a middle-order collapse.
"I think they should drop him again," Warner said. "I don't know why they dropped him for that first game but it'd be nice if I was to play there again and he wasn't playing."
Warner averaged a meagre 9.5 during the 2019 series where he endured a torrid time against Broad's unparalleled brilliance.
The swashbuckling batsman observed that Broad had seemingly shed the use of excessive short balls and worked on pitching the ball up that eventually rewarded him.
"I think he's a world-class bowler. In the past 18 months he's really worked hard on pitching the ball up," he said.
"He's obviously got a hell of a record against left-handers and his capability to bring the ball back off the wicket into the right-hander is another string to his bow."
Warner commented that Broad's formidable new-ball partnership with England's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson created a high-pressure scenario for any batter at the crease.
"You just can't go after them, they don't take their foot off the pedal," he stated.
"These guys have the ability to restrict runs. In England, they bowl a length where if you drive, you're probably going to nick, (but) they can also hit the stumps, so you can't just leave it.
"In English conditions, they know how to get wickets."