Sledging will be inevitable in the World Cup semi-final says James Faulkner

Shashi / 23 March 2015

Australia’s all-rounder James Faulkner firmly believes that the part of sledging will be inevitable and kind of a part and parcel in the coming Thursday’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2nd semi-final match at the Sydney Cricket Ground stadium, on a pitch that has already been the subject of enormous speculation and will continue to be all week.

The confrontation between the Australian all rounder Shane Watson and Pakistan’s fast bowler Wahab Riaz has rejuvenated the tournament and brought newer heights in the area of fast bowling and sledging on that part as well, even if the two combatants later had to pay for their aggression and emotion on the field with a pair of fines as regulated by ICC. James Faulkner says he expects men on both India and Australian side to be replicating Wahab’s attitude on Thursday.

India have come up against the mighty Australian side a lot over the last few months as they have spent a fair bit of time in the country playing on their grounds, thereby enhancing the possibility of weather and pitch adaptability, Faulkner said.

The Indians have adapted well to the conditions of Australia. A lot of nerves were on show a couple of nights ago in Adelaide and Faulkner thinks that is good. Both teams are exposed and if one does not have nerves one has got issues.

Faulkner’s press conference began with a question about whether or not the ICC’s pitch overseer Andy Atkinson would need to be called in to ensure the surface was equitable. While the query went over the head of Faulkner, who rightly pointed out that he had not even seen the turf, it underlined curiosity about a pitch that has largely favored spin over pace this season.


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