Ashwin is happy whenever Warner walks in: PujaraPor Kemen Subia Mar 21, 2017
Australian opener David Warner has been dismissed nine times now by Ravichandran Ashwin, but that doesn't seem to have brought about any change in the mindset of the big-hitting southpaw. With tension escalating between the Board and Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) over the recent events, one that borders the magnitude of the 2008 "Monkeygate" controversy, detoxing perhaps is something that Kohli would require after all.
"If you switch hit you can still be given out lbw (to a ball that pitched outside leg stump while batting left-handed), but if you reverse sweep you can't". I know if he tries something I'm thinking in the back of my mind, how am I going to score? But he has not played a test since due to stress fractures in his back.
"He's a fantastic bowler, he's got a lot of wickets in his backyard and I have to respond to that", Warner said of Ashwin.
The star spinner has put the opposition batsmen, including Warner, under severe pressure and the constant chatter from close-in fielders has only added fuel to the fire.
With all the drama around the DRS referral method serving as a raging backdrop to the upcoming Test, Warner played down any of the banter or sledging, and insisted that all of it is confined to the playing area.
"All I can say is I can only speak on behalf of our Australian cricket team and the way we approach the game and approach the "off-fields" - I'd be pretty upset if one of our players or staff did that", the opener added.
"There's going to be a lot of niggles here and there around certain things, and I think just a few people got out of hand and I think everyone has reined it back in again", he said. Pujara alongside skipper Virat Kohli was not shy of having a word or two with the incoming batsman.
"It's just a rule of the cricketing world you keep everything on the field. but that's up to them". I just have to adapt. From our point of view, we'll never do that. "When you first get out there everyone's talking so you don't understand what they're saying anyway", Warner said.
"We know he's got a lot of pace which he will definitely bring and that's one thing we always talk about".
Warner is confident that Pat Cummins will do the job for the team in the absence of injured pacer Mitchell Starc.
"At the end of the day, we're professionals and you have to move on from that stuff. We know with Patty as replacement, we're going to have that firepower there if the selectors go that way", concluded Warner.
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