Warner: Aussies driven by hate in Ashes campaign

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    A “hatred” of England will fuel Australia during this summer’s Ashes, according to vice-captain David Warner.

    Warner is no longer the side’s serial sledger, having changed his ways both on and off the field during the past four years.

    But the opener, who famously declared England had “scared eyes” during Australia’s 5-0 thumping of England in the 2013-14 Ashes, has already outlined his plans to get on the front foot next month.

    “As soon as you step on that line it’s war,” Warner told ABC Radio.

    “You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them.

    “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 try and get into a battle as quick as you can.”

    Warner added he had “no regrets” about his conduct during the most recent Ashes series on Australian soil.

    “During that first Test I made some statements in the media and at the time I thought it was a great thing,” he said.

    “That could have played a little bit of a role in the back of their minds.”

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