Ashes 2021-22: “I do feel for the England team,” Warner reacts to visitors’ concern over strict bubble in Australia

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Australia batter David Warner understands the England cricket team’s point of view regarding strict quarantine rules Down Under. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has already confirmed that the traveling party for the Ashes will not benefit from any special deals regarding quarantine.

“When it comes to bubbles it is challenging. I do see England’s point of view. Coming to Australia, the questions being asked are obviously out of the control of Cricket Australia. It’s a government situation,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Warner as saying.

“We went through it last season. With crossing borders and the like, there is a lot of hard work and planning that goes into it. I do feel for the England team and it’s more difficult if you’ve got children,” he added.

The first Test of England’s tour to Australia begins on December 8 at the Gabba, Brisbane. England have named their squad for the Ashes which doesn’t include Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, and Jofra Archer due to injuries.

Warner further spoke on his face-off with Stuart Broad as he finds it difficult to tackle him. The England pacer had dismissed the Aussie seven out of 10 times in the Ashes 2019.

“It’s different conditions, isn’t it. I’ve always applauded Broady’s efforts in England, not just against me if you have a look at his stats to left-handers. He pitched the ball up a lot fuller than he had in the previous 12 months and that’s probably why he had so much success.”

“They looked like good batting wickets but the ball reacted a lot more than we expected. It surprised me. It surprised a lot more of the other guys. It’s part of the game, you go through these patches and it was my time to go through that patch,” he added.

Warner said playing in Australia is a lot different and he knows how to apply pressure on Broad along with other English bowlers. “Playing in Australia is going to be different. Your margin for error is a lot smaller. I know what success I’ve had against him in Australia before. You only have to fractionally over-pitch and you can get punished. That’s a confidence thing for a bowler,” said Warner.

“If I can apply pressure to him and the other bowlers, that’s what I try to do all the time. If I’m able to do that it may be a different story but I obviously have to respect him,” he added.