David Warner Urges Australia to Get Some Hatred for England Ahead of the Ashes
Australian opener David Warner has urged his teammates to dig within themselves and find “hatred” for England when they turn up for the Ashes in November. The first of the five-match series will be held at the Gabba in Brisbane. It was David Warner who was the primary initiator of the verbal volleys ahead of the Ashes in 2013-14 which Australia won by a 5-0 margin.
The southpaw admitted the fact that he purposely tried to grind down England psychologically the last time around. He described English batsmen as having “scared eyes” midway through the first Test and in particular, he took a dig at Jonathan Trott who was attacked with a barrage of short pitch bowling by Mitchell Johnson.
Though Warner is still an animated character, he has reduced his verbal volleys, and his on-field behaviour is much more matured now compared to what it used to be 3 4 years ago. This time too Australia will be hoping to regain the Ashes, and we might be in for some excitement once the series gets underway.
“Four years ago, during that first Test I made some statements in the media and at the time I thought it was a great thing to come out and speak what I said,” Warner told ABC Grandstand.
“I have no regrets about that and I think that could have played a little bit of a role in the back of their minds. At the moment I’m not going to put any vibes out there or get into a verbal stoush … but come day one when we walk out there will definitely be some words exchanged. But I think the subtle approach these days is how it is and how it goes.”
“As soon as you step on that line it’s war,” he said speaking of Australia’s most special Test rivalry. “You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition’s eye and try and work out ‘how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him?’ You’ve really got to find that spark in yourself to really take it to the opposition.
“You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them to actually get up when you’re out there. History is a big part in this and that is what carries us onto the ground.”
The speedsters will play a critical role in the outcome of the results in the series, and as of now Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will take up the duty of the quicks if they are fit as told by Warner.
“I think we have to look at the way that Michael used Mitchell during that series,” Warner said. “The way he came out and delivered … he knew his role, he knew what his job was. That is something that we obviously have to sum up as a team.
“Is Starcy the person to do that? [Is] Hoff at the other end just to do line and length and swing them as he always does or does Starcy blow their front pads off? That’s something that we’re going to have to talk about as a team, how we’re going to approach that.”
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