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Days after creating quite a storm with his ‘war’ comments ahead of the much-awaited Ashes, Australia vice-captain David Warner, on Sunday (October 22), admitted he went overboard while speaking about the series.
Warner, who had infamously punched current England skipper Joe Root in a pub four years ago, had gone on to say that the players need to find ‘hatred’ to perform well in the iconic series.
“The history, the pride that is at stake. As soon as you step on that line it’s war,” Warner had told ABC Radio.
“You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition’s eye and work out how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him. You’ve got to find that spark in yourself to really take it to the opposition. You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to get some sort of hatred about them,” he had added.
Warner had faced the ire for his comments from several quarters with former England opener Marcus Trescothick leading the charge by calling the comments ‘pathetic’.
The hard-hitting opening batsman, however, has now come up with an explanation, saying that he regrets ‘some of the words’. But at the same time, he made it clear that his teammates needed to ‘have some inward anger’ towards their Ashes rivals.
“I probably regret some of the words I used during the week, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to try and have some inward anger. You’ve got to create a bit of that buzz out there,” Warner said on Sunday (October 22) on Channel Nine’s Sports Sunday.
Warner further insisted that taking a ‘subtle approach’ is the need of the hour after the governing body of the game introduced the new rules.
“The subtle approach these days is how it goes,” he said. “Look at the Indian series we played (earlier this year), it can get under your skin quite quickly, and the heat gets to everyone.”
Warner also fired an indirect warning for Joe Root & Co. by stating that he is very scared to face the Australian pacers in the nets.
“I can tell you now I’m very scared when it comes to the nets so hopefully they (England) are scared because it is challenging facing our guys,” Warner said.
When further asked if he expected a hostile Ashes series, the vice-captain said: “I’d like to think so.”