England crowds can add pressure: Warner

Raucous English crowds make things harder, but also help Australia according to David Warner.

Warner scored 77 on day two of the third Ashes Test, when the rest of Australia’s top six failed to reach double figures.

The Edgbaston faithful erupted during a shocking collapse of 4-30, with Steve Finn snaring all four wickets to fall.

Warner, who struck 11 boundaries – most of them off the middle, admitted the carnival-like backdrop may have played a part.

“It’s a totally different atmosphere to Lord’s,” Warner said.

“You’ve got the crowd roaring and a bowler bowling very well.

“The crowd is singing and they’re always going to be behind the English.

“Sometimes it is hard … you do feel that pressure.

“It is helpful (for England), especially when they’ve got their tail up.”

Warner added the liquored-up locals can also have a motivating effect on some players.

The opener nominated Mitchell Johnson’s opening over on Thursday, in which he dismissed Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes with incredible bouncers, as a prime example.

“When you get the crowd going against you a little bit, it does fire people up,” he said.

“Jonno came away from yesterday being hammered by the crowd.

“He bowled those two ripsnorters.”

Warner conceded his side was on the back foot after losing three wickets in the first hour of the match, but suggested England’s bowlers deserve a lot of credit.

“Probably six or seven of us got out to genuinely very good balls,” he said.

“If you don’t start well on day one after winning the toss and batting, you’re sort of chasing your tail.”

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