Warner: It was gutting

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Opening batsman David Warner has expressed utter disappointment, after Australia sunk to a 74-run loss – and three-nil series loss – on day four of the penultimate Ashes Test at the Riverside Ground in Durham on Monday.

Opening batsman David Warner has expressed utter disappointment, after Australia sunk to a 74-run loss – and three-nil series loss – on day four of the penultimate Ashes Test at the Riverside Ground in Durham on Monday.

Warner's mature half-century stood at the fore of a promising pursuit of a stiff 299-run target, which England had built on the back of the in-form Ian Bell's third century in four fixtures.

A dramatic collapse, however, saw Warner's outstanding foundation ultimately laid to waste. With his superb opening alliance alongside fellow left-hander Chris Rogers broken by spinner Graeme Swann, seamer Stuart Broad later continued – and completed – the capitulation.

Sitting pretty at 109 without loss and then 168 for three, the Aussies slipped to 179 for six – and finally 224 all out. Broad, for his second-innings six-for and Man of the Match figures of 11 for 121, had broken Australian hearts worldwide.

"It was gutting. I went to have a shower. It took me half an hour to get over my dismissal. When I came out we had lost three quick wickets. I still can't believe it happened so fast and it finished on Monday," lamented Warner.

"I just thought if we hung in there and got through that tough period of Broad's spell we could have come back and finished it off by lunchtime on Tuesday, but we lost. It's our fault, the batters.

"We were just talking about it just before, what goes through our minds when we walk out there and how rowdy the crowd was. It does help having the home crowd behind you and you know you've just got to try to get through that tough spell. As an opener I feel the hardest part for me is getting myself in and then I can relax with the crowd environment."

The 26-year-old Warner rued a slew of shoddy shot selection and questionable strokeplay from the visiting order, which saw the final eight wickets perish for just 56 runs – and Broad handed career-best figures.

"Especially for the guys who like to play their shots and like to feel bat on ball, we need to know how to rein it in and then we know we're going to get those bad balls. Perfect example is looking at Bell, anything we've bowled to him straight at the stumps he's defended back to the bowler and probably 80 percent of the runs he's scored in this series have been through cover and point," added Warner.

The fifth – and final – Test will get underway at The Oval in London on Wednesday.

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