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Ashes: David Warner says England's batsmen 'have scared eyes at the moment'

The Ashes - Day 3, 1st Test - Highlights

David Warner: Australia opener celebrated his century with gusto

David Warner followed up his hundred with a verbal attack on England's batsmen after Australia moved into a strong position in the Ashes opener at The Gabba.

Warner (124) and his captain Michael Clarke (113) both hit centuries before Australia declared on 401-7 to leave England chasing 561 for victory.

The tourists slipped to 24-2 by the close with Mitchell Johnson accounting for Jonathan Trott for the second time in the match.

And Warner was unimpressed with the efforts of England's top order, saying: "It does look like they've got scared eyes at the moment.

"The way Trotty got out today was pretty poor and pretty weak. Obviously there is a weakness there and we're on top of it at the moment.

"He's probably worked hard in the nets on the short ball, but trying to face 150 km/h short ball from Mitch Johnson the way to go is probably not trying to back away."

Warner's fourth Test century - and maiden Ashes effort - was his first in international cricket for almost a year.

"It has been the perfect day," he told Sky Sports. "It has been set up by our bowlers, the way they came out yesterday and took the English apart allowed us to play with a bit of confidence and get on with the game.

"It meant a lot. It's been a while since I scored a Test hundred. It's always good to get personal milestones but credit to our bowlers because they put us in this position."


He put on a 135-run stand with Clarke after England had briefly got back in the game with a couple of early wickets on the third morning.

Warner said: "It's always a pleasure batting with Michael. I've learnt a lot over the last couple of years batting with Michael and how to build an innings. You see the way he starts, the way he gets to 20 pretty quickly, he's very busy and shows intent. You can learn a lot from him.

"He's always up and the other end telling me to keep it straight. That's what I was doing."

On conditions at The Gabba, Warner added: "When you hit the wicket you get a bit of bounce and pace. That's what our bowlers have been able to do. There hasn't been much swing about but if our bowlers can keep hitting the wicket, then it's going to be tough for the English."

Australian batsman David Warner has praised his team's performance after they continued to pile pressure on England on day three of the first Test.

Speaking on Sky Sports, former England skipper Andrew Strauss said there was an uneasy inevitability about Trott's dismissal.

"It's a tough time for Jonathan right at the moment. He has been such a prolific scorer for England but this is clearly a problem for him - and it's a problem he doesn't quite know how to deal with right now.

"He went for the pull shot option, which looked high-risk today; I don't think that was a good option for him.

"He's such a good player that he will find the way but the question is how quickly? At the moment you can see that his mind isn't working properly against Mitchell Johnson, in particular; he's not thinking clearly at the moment.

"In Test cricket your mind can get a bit frazzled. Jonathan has got to think about allowing himself to get hit once or twice and getting his hands down.

"If he can try and get out of the way, that will help; but as soon as he keeps his hands up or plays a pull shot, his chances of getting out goes right up.

"He's just got to settle it all down so that Australia go for another plan. If he keeps playing that shot, they'll just keep with that plan, time and time again."

What is most to blame for England's batting struggles at The Gabba?

  • Lack of preparation
  • Poor technique
  • Wrong batting order
  • Quality of Australia's bowling

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