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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    The Crowd Says (17)

    • October 16th 2017 @ 9:10am
      Neil Back said | October 16th 2017 @ 9:10am | ! Report

      Breaking news exclusive. Professional sports people. Generally not very bright.

    • October 16th 2017 @ 9:59am
      jameswm said | October 16th 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      Warner apparently has an IQ of 160.

    • October 16th 2017 @ 10:16am
      Jake said | October 16th 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

      Whatever it takes to get you motivated.

    • October 16th 2017 @ 10:58am
      Sydneysider said | October 16th 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

      Obviously not enough nations to play against to get motivated.

      • October 16th 2017 @ 12:47pm
        jamesb said | October 16th 2017 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

        Yep I agree.

        Cricket does need more competitive countries so that it could have a freshness feel about it. I remember in 2013/14, there was 10 Ashes tests. That was overkill.

    • October 16th 2017 @ 12:39pm
      Christov said | October 16th 2017 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

      Maybe he can take another swing at Joe Root to prove he means it.

    • Roar Guru

      October 16th 2017 @ 1:25pm
      Atawhai Drive said | October 16th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      ‘Hatred’? Ho hum.

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