Since his comeback from the year-long ban served due to his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, David Warner has copped plenty of jibes. The Australian opening batsman responded to all those in style except for his performances in the 2019 Ashes when he failed gloriously. While David Warner is known for reacting with words often along with his performances, he promised to keep it in check in the upcoming summer.
The Indian team, who will face Australia in three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests offers a daunting challenge to the hosts even with their full-fledged side. Virat Kohli, who has engaged in several verbal wars over the years with Australia, could most likely do it again. With his counterparts in Steve Smith and David Warner present in the side unlike their last visit, the fans could indeed witness some heated confrontations.
David Warner pointed out that during Australia’s tour of India, they had engaged in some verbal wars; however, they are learning not to indulge moving forward and instead let the bat do the talking. The southpaw further admitted that involving in heated face-offs could backfire on their own side; hence, they will respect the oppositions slightly. Warner quipped by acknowledging that he has to maintain his composure within his family too when his kids do not listen to him.
“The last time we toured in India they really engaged us like that. We’re learning over time, especially myself, that if you look not to engage in that you’re almost reversing the effect by ignoring it, trying to take it in, and using your bat. You don’t know the effect (losing your temper) will have on your teammates, so you have to be a bit more humble and be more respectful to the opposition. You have to be patient, not get too aggressive, not get angry when the kids aren’t listening. So I’m getting tested on and off the field,” Warner stated as quoted by News18.
I know exactly what we’re about when we’re out there: David Warner
With Will Pucovski receiving plenty of backing to open with David Warner instead of an out-of-form Joe Burns in Tests, the 34-year old sees no reason to change the combination. The New South Wales backed his opening partner, mentioning that they were successful in the last summer and sees no reason to fix that looks unbroken.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with Joe Burns in the middle, I know exactly what we’re about when we’re out there. Obviously, we won a lot of games last year. So for me, you don’t break something that’s actually working,” the veteran added.