Warner is no fun to play against: Broad

Adelaide: Stuart Broad says it's no fun to play against David Warner while stressing the importance of removing the Australian vice-captain early in his innings during the upcoming Ashes series.

Warner looms as a match winner for Australia, with the opener's rapid scoring a perennial danger for opposition.

England know it all too well, with Warner's third innings knocks in the first three Tests of the 2013-14 Ashes - including two centuries and an 83 not out - helping Australia to a famous whitewash.

Warner - known for his aggressive nature on the field - recently spoke of Australia's need to find "hatred" for England.

While those comments received a mixed reception, veteran quick Broad said Warner had the type of personality needed to make a great team.

"He's someone that drives teams forward," Broad said.

"He's one of those blokes who is not that enjoyable to play against, but if he's in your team you love him.

"You have characters like that in most successful sports teams, don't you? Someone who if he's in the field, will stay in the battle, looking someone in the eye all the time, keep his bowlers moving ... someone who can take the game away from you quickly.

"These are the sort of guys you want to play against, the sort of guys who spur you on.

"You know that if you get it wrong to him he can hurt you, but it's also extremely exciting if you get him out."

Broad noted how vital it would be to remove Warner before he got set.

"I think someone like Warner you've got to try bowl a lot of balls at him with the new ball, because it's your best chance of getting him out," he said.

"[But] you have to have a plan B, and with someone like Warner you have to go to plan B quicker than a lot of other batters."

Broad also revealed details of England's thoughts about how to dismiss Australian captain Steve Smith, the No.1-ranked batsman in Test cricket.

"Obviously we had plans for him in England. But it was just quite clear in England, if you don't get him out early, he seems to get big scores, and probably more so in Australia, because the pitches stay flatter for a bit longer," Broad said.

"You hear all sorts of theories, particularly before the last Ashes series. 'Bowl straight at him, try and hit his leg stump, come around the wicket, bowl yorkers at leg stump, have five on the leg side', all that sort of thing.

"But I don't think his stats suggest that he gets out lbw or bowled very often, unless the pitch is going up and down.

"He's got huge scoring areas from straight, so I think we have to look for his outside edge up until day three, and then if the pitches start going slightly up and down or crack like the Gabba can do ... you can bring lbw in."

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