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Battling Warner finds form at Headingley

By AAP Newswire

David Warner has revealed a round of golf with Ricky Ponting helped him get back into some form with the bat against England.

Warner, who had failed to reach double figures in his first four Ashes series innings, scored a battling 61 in cloudy and overcast conditions at Headingley as Australia were bundled out for just 179 in the third Test.

The 32-year-old and the impressive Marnus Labuschagne (71) were only batsmen to score any runs of substance as Australia's willow wielders once again struggled in English conditions.

The pair put on 111 for the third wicket to put Australia in a strong position at 2-136 after lunch only for the opener's departure to precipitate an alarming collapse that saw his side lose eight wickets for 43 runs.

Warner battled through a taxing start after Joe Root won the toss and put the tourists in to bat, with the outstanding Stuart Broad (2-32) and Jofra Archer (6-45) beating his outside edge on numerous occasion in the first 15 overs.

He admitted he rode his luck on occasions but said a conversation with former Test captain Ponting put him at ease after the worst run of scores of his career as he chalked up his first half-century since returning to Test cricket from his 12-month ban.

"It's been challenging but coming into it mentally I felt like I was in form," Warner said.

"Today was about trying to negate that good ball and not get out to it. I had a lot of luck, I played and missed quite a lot but I kept my bat nice and tight.

"I was very pleased with the way I adjusted very well. I moved across a little bit more so my bat was covering that off stump, allowed me to leave a little bit more.

"Going out on the golf course with Ricky was great.

"He was all about making sure I'm still backing my game plan, looking to get forward and looking to hit the ball.

"I know when I'm looking to hit the ball my defence takes care of itself and I'm compact.

"That was fortunate enough today that it came off."