Morne Morkel: Davey Warner Needs To Find The Real Davey Warner Within

I was always a bit worried when I was bowling to Davey Warner.

He was always a guy who had confident body language, even as he was taking his guard. As a bowler, you knew you were up for a challenge.

But Warner hasn't looked his usual self so far this series. It's almost like he's trying to get through that first session, rather than to bat aggressively like he usually does.

We know that the first 10 overs in the third Ashes Test at Headingley are going to be tricky, just as they have been in the two previous Tests in this series. With the new ball, and with Broady bowling around the wicket, it will be tough, Broad has a good thing going to Warner, and Jofra Archer made a dent in the Aussie changing room. There's no doubt the guys are thinking about him.

But the best way to counteract pressure from a bowling attack is putting pressure back on the bowlers. This is what Warner must do. He simply must find his aggression again.

Less smelling elbow, more runs please. Image: Getty.

Losing Steve Smith from the third Test at Headingley is obviously a massive blow for Australia.

Warner has scores of just 2, 8, 3 and 5 so far in this series. Australia needs 100 run partnerships from their top four or five. It's up to those guys to do the job and it starts with Warner.

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I also think this is a very important match for Usman Khawaja, who has batted beautifully at times without going on to get a big score. Travis Head must also step up. He has batted well so far and needs to continue to lead the way.

Since the Lord's Test when Steve Smith was struck by Jofra Archer, resulting in the concussion which has ruled him out of this Test, obviously there's been a lot of talk about the role of short-pitched bowling in Test cricket.

I think in white ball cricket, people come to the game to see fours and sixes. Test cricket is more of a true contest between bat and ball, and when a guy like Archer is  bowling 150 kmh, that for me is great.  It's part of the game, and the crowd does love a true contest between bat and ball.

You'd struggle to stand up straight with this much bling round your neck as well. Image: Getty.

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I grew up watching Brett Lee and those sort of guys, who kept me glued to the TV. A lot of people say Test cricket is dying a slow death, but if you've got guys like Archer, Johnston, or my former South African teammate Dale Steyn, it keeps people glued to their seats.

The thing about international cricket is that there's no place to hide. If you don't prepare well, you're going to get found out.

I remember playing against Australia when Mitchell Johnson was bowling in the 150s. He had that real fear factor that Archer has now. When Mitch was really bowling fast, there would be a lot of talk in the dressing room, with the top order batters saying how fast he was, and it would plant a lot of seeds of doubt in the dressing room.

I think it could be a bit similar in the Australian dressing room now, and that's why it's so important for the top order to bat well.

Will Archer be so dangerous again?

The big thing for me is that he gave everything in his debut Test. It will take him a bit of time to get his rhythm and get the muscles flowing again, but I think he can deliver those sort of spells again.

Headingley is a good wicket which always has a bit of extra pace and bounce. But it's not so much about pitch conditions there. It's about overhead conditions. When the cloud rolls in, the ball will do a lot in overcast conditions.

It looks like Australia is bringing back James Pattinson for Peter Siddle, and while Siddle has done nothing wrong, I think this could be a good move. Rotation can cause friction in a team, but there's no way they can rest Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood, who bowled really well at Lord's.

Siddle has been unlucky -- they’ve dropped so many catches off his bowling, but in a big series small margins are the key. To win, you need those small things to go your way.

The Aussies are usually so sharp in the field, and Warner has been one of the guys dropping catches. I think maybe he has a lot on his mind because he's not scoring runs.

Overall my prediction is for England to win this one, a rain-affected draw in Manchester, then off to The Oval in London for the fifth Test with everything to play for.