Warner is hoping the South African pace trio will showcase their best during the first Test
It was inevitable that the mind games would begin before the first Test between Australia and South Africa and opening batsman David Warner started the ceremonies by issuing a challenge to the Proteas’ pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.
Warner dared the trio to square off against him with the ball and verbally as well after hearing that his ego had been talked about.
The Age quoted Warner as saying: “I heard someone said that they were talking about getting into my ego or something during the week. If they want to start talking out there and give me a bit of banter then I’m all for it. I know what to expect and I reckon I’ve got the game plan to counteract that.”
Warner believes that he is fully prepared to handle whatever Steyn, Morkel and Philander decide to throw at him after spending lots of time in the nets.
“When you’re in the heat of the battle, you know bowlers get frustrated and some of them try to intimidate you with a few words and a couple of bouncers and this and that. At the end of the day if you’re smart and you’re switched on you know how to counteract that. I’m in the right frame of mind at the moment, every time I’ve played against Dale he’s never said a word to me. It will be good if he starts coming down and giving a bit of banter, I enjoy that,” Warner added.