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David Warner received a frightening reality check from legendary cricketers: “Very few players get call on their own retirements

<p>In the first few games of the Ashes series, David Warner’s at-bat performance has been forgettable. Warner was once again defeated by Stuart Broad in the third Test at Headingley. The Australian batsman was dismissed in very similar fashion in both innings by the right-arm English bowler. Warner’s problems continue to worsen, and he is now in danger of losing his spot in the team. Broad has now dismissed Warner 17 times in Test cricket.</p>
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<p>Mark Butcher and Kumar Sangakkara, two former cricketers, spoke in-depth about Warner’s problems as they continue to battle against Broad. Working on the nets is the only way to solve the problem, Sangakkara said in an interview with Sky Sports, citing his own playing history and his experience playing against Broad and James Anderson. Butcher, on the other hand, emphasised the key distinction between Sangakkara and Warner’s playing style.</p>
<p>Butcher said, “I believe Warner’s problem is that he goes so hard at the ball.</p>
<p>“Even if he plays the line, imagine that the ball is returning but that it always carries due to the force with which he is shoving his hands at it. One of the things that stood out to me while watching Kumar (Sangakkara) bat was how calm he was and how much he let the ball come to him. As a result, if there is a slight movement and you aren’t moving towards it, you can actually just pull the bat inside or hold the line, and the ball will pass.</p>
<p>But David Warner’s ability to attack the ball and be aggressive is one of his greatest talents. That’s fantastic in Australia, where there isn’t as much lateral movement, but you have to be a little bit more delicate here,” Butcher said.</p>
<p>Butcher suggested the Australian opener may not get the chance to go that far when the discussion turned to Warner’s earlier this year comments regarding his Test future, in which he indicated his wish to say a last farewell at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the Test against Pakistan.</p>
<p>“It’s usually quite arrogant. Only a select few players get to make the final decision, and they are usually the very best players ever. David Warner has been a fantastic player, but eventually, I’m afraid, someone else has to make that decision for you. If Stuart Broad keeps on knocking, Warner will likely suffer, Butcher warned.</p>
<p>“If Australia were to win both this Test and the Ashes, there may be a sentimental motive to say, ‘you know what, we’ll let him stay on till the Oval, give him a fanfare there but we’re going to seek to do something else when we come back to Australia’. The former England hitter said, “If they lose this Test, the series is still in play, then maybe that talk starts about maybe getting him out of the firing line and making a replacement.</p>
<p>Sangakkara, on the other hand, highlighted the occasion when Warner had the chance to take control of this Ashes series.</p>
<p>“I go back to the Edgbaston Test, the first Ashes Test, when David Warner seemed to have made some improvements and was really managing Broad effectively. I believe that if he had seen that coming at that point, had been a little more aggressive as his innings went on against the other bowlers to get runs behind him, and had used that opportunity – especially in the second innings – gone into one-day mode and actually tried to attack and get those boundaries, it would have set himself and Australia up a little bit better. I believe he lost that chance,” the former Sri Lanka skipper stated.</p>

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