“I love it as a batsman”: David Warner to bring sledging back for Ashes

By Rob Forsaith,

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    David Warner’s docile days are over, with Australia’s vice-captain wanting his team to deliver noise and nastiness during the Ashes.

    Warner was a serial sledger early in his international career but has become a far-more silent statesman in latter years.

    The hard-hitting opener has rarely been cautioned by umpires since his most-recent fine, resulting from a heated exchange with India’s Rohit Sharma during a 2015 ODI.

    But Warner recently called on his side to find their inner “hatred” of England during the five-Test series that starts on November 23 in Brisbane.

    The 30-year-old, who memorably accused England of having “scared eyes” during the 2013-14 series, outlined on Tuesday how he wanted to make life uncomfortable for the tourists.

    “That’s something that has sort of fallen out from our game, with bowlers not being able to stare at batters,” Warner said, bemoaning how sanitised the sport had become.

    “I love it as a batsman … (if a bowler) gives me a little bit of an earful or something, then it gets you going. It’s exciting – people want to see that.

    “Hopefully, there is a bit of banter when we’re out there … we copped a little bit of banter when we were in India. That was exciting – I liked it.

    “We just have to be cautious because, sometimes, the ICC and umpires take action over little things … every time I open my mouth, I get a point deducted or I get a fine of some sort, whether I’ve overstepped the line or not.”

    The International Cricket Council has cracked down on misbehaviour in recent years, while introducing a points system, although Australia’s Test tour of India earlier this year was marred by a series of send-offs and stoushes.

    “I would like to see it like a bit of State of Origin. Let things just flow on and you deal with everything afterwards,” Warner quipped at a promotional event for Asics.

    “Let a couple of penalties go.”

    Warner noted every player needed to be “very, very subtle” because of stump microphones, highlighting Michael Clarke’s infamous sledge from four years ago.

    Clarke called on England paceman Jimmy Anderson to “get ready for a broken f***ing arm” at the Gabba during the first chapter of Australia’s 5-0 series win.

    “People turn around and go ‘woah, I wouldn’t have expected that to happen on a cricket field’ but that’s the aggression that happens,” Warner said.

    “When it comes to the Ashes, it’s a massive thing for us.”

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    • October 18th 2017 @ 9:25am
      Onside said | October 18th 2017 @ 9:25am | ! Report

      ‘find their inner “hatred” of England’ . In other words; ask Australian Test cricketers to feign faux loathing and contempt for English peers they genuinely respect.

    • October 18th 2017 @ 9:57am
      Bellamorey said | October 18th 2017 @ 9:57am | ! Report

      God it gets tiresome listening to this moron and his ilk. Why Does it have to be a faux war all the time? Can’t you just play sport for the fun of it? Can’t you be grateful that you make a substantial living out of a glorified pastime? McGrath did it, now Starc does it. There’s nothing sadder than a guy dressed all in white who leaves the field every 2 hours to eat cucumber sandwiches trying to act the tough guy. Grow up.

      • October 18th 2017 @ 1:36pm
        jameswm said | October 18th 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

        You do realise that for some, like Davey, going to war is a big part of the fun of it.

        • October 18th 2017 @ 1:46pm
          Bellamorey said | October 18th 2017 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

          Except it’s not war. It’s a game of cricket.

    • October 18th 2017 @ 11:35am
      Jake said | October 18th 2017 @ 11:35am | ! Report

      Warner is just adding interest to what will be an otherwise boring summer of english capitulation and 2/3 day test matches.

    • October 18th 2017 @ 12:21pm
      George said | October 18th 2017 @ 12:21pm | ! Report


    • October 18th 2017 @ 12:29pm
      Paul said | October 18th 2017 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

      Warner has proven, yet again, why he isn’t fit to captain the Test side.

      If he want’s to sledge, do so because the rules of cricket allow it, but don’t step over the line. More to the point, don’t suggest it’s okay to step over the line. What clown would publicly announce the need to “find your inner hatred”, then soon after, tell everyone it should be okay to sledge about things the ICC has banned? Great message for the kids playing the game, Warner

      I hope he continues to get a lot of runs because CA and the selectors remember stupid comments like this.

      • October 18th 2017 @ 4:11pm
        peterct said | October 18th 2017 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

        Someone hose him down. Mouth operating before brain engaged……again. We all heard some of his stupid comments during the pay dispute and now that he’s had a sleep off he goes again. Why he has drawn an analogy with war is beyond me. Let me reflect for a moment. First ball at the Gabba v’s D-Day invasion. No, can’t quite match them up. I suggest he visits the War Memorial to reconsider his selection of metaphors.
        Concur with your sentiments that Warner has proven, yet again, why he isn’t fit to captain the Test side. It would be embarrassing and would perhaps establish a new benchmark on this countries level of intelligence.

    • October 18th 2017 @ 12:29pm
      Brian said | October 18th 2017 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

      The less he speaks the better.

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