Australian batting coach Michael di Venuto added that opener David Warner is keen to play a few more Ashes series as well. He further added that while Warner has been positive with his footwork in Ashes 2023, poor stroke selection has troubled him.
Praising the under-pressure Warner, di Venuto said: “I think he’s pretty keen to go on for a few more Ashes series now [hinting at Broad’s retirement]. On this tour he has looked to be positive most of the time on his feet. We have seen plenty of energy out of the crease. He has made some really good starts, and just generally made a poor decision when he has been dismissed.”The way he has been playing, it has been a little out of character when he has been dismissed. So far in this innings he has looked really good, made some good decisions, and played really nicely.”
He also praised the Australian opening pair for their batting effort on Day 4. While Khawaja hit eight fours in 130 balls, Warner hit nine boundaries while facing 99 deliveries as well.
“They have put some starts together through the series. To get a 100-run start when we are chasing 380 was an outstanding effort,” he said. “There are a lot of guys who have been on Ashes series over here in the past and haven’t managed to win. Twenty years is a long time. We’re in a great position for some of the boys to get that on their resume. We’re all pretty keen to score those runs tomorrow [Monday]. This morning when we got our target we knew we had a long time to bat to score those runs.”
“Conditions had a lot to do with it today. It’s a very good batting wicket out there. Absolutely a little swing and seam at times, but generally really good batting conditions. We saw a little bit of spin out of the rough to the left-handers but you would expect that,” di Venuto concluded.