Warner has to try something different against Broad, has to put pressure on him and be aggressive, says Sangakkara

Sangakkara advised Warner to play aggressively against Broad in the Ashes 2023 to overcome his struggles against the English bowler.

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David Warner and Stuart Broad. (Photo Source: Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

In the ongoing Ashes series, David Warner's struggles against Stuart Broad have been well-documented. The Australian opener has found it difficult to tackle Broad's superior bowling skills, often falling victim to LBW or being dismissed bowled. However, former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara believes Warner needs to change his approach and play his natural game against Broad.

Sangakkara's advice to Warner is to attack Broad rather than succumb to defensive tactics. By adopting an aggressive approach, Warner can exert pressure on the renowned English bowler, potentially unsettling him and gaining an advantage. It is a calculated risk, but Sangakkara believes it may be the best course of action for Warner.

Speaking on Sky Sports Cricket's Ashes Podcast, Sangakkara expressed his thoughts on the matter. He said, "It is almost inevitable now. Every time he faces Broad, you feel you're waiting for a nick or an LBW or bowled. Warner has to try something different against Broad. He has to put pressure on Broad and try and be aggressive because the defense hasn't worked, so play one way and not get confused."

Nasser Hussain recognizes David Warner's threat to England

Nasser Hussain, another former cricketer and now a prominent cricket commentator, also recognized the threat Warner poses to England. He emphasized the importance of dismissing Warner early, as he has the ability to deliver a quick start for Australia and establish a formidable lead.

Hussain said, "Warner was a big wicket because he has the ability to get Australia off to a flying start. That lead of 20-odd suddenly becomes 60-70 for no loss, and you think the game has started to get away from you. Warner had the ability to silence the crowd, and that's why it was a big wicket."

England managed to take four wickets on Day two, but Australia still holds a substantial lead of 142 runs. The hosts will need to strike early on Day 3 to prevent Aussies from setting an imposing target.

As the Ashes series progresses, all eyes will be on Warner and his encounter with Broad. The Australian opener must heed Sangakkara's advice and approach Broad with an attacking mindset. Only time will tell if Warner can turn the tide in his favor and overcome the challenges posed by the formidable English bowler.

 

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