‘England are on the back foot and it does look like they’ve got scared eyes’, says David Warner

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“The way Trotty got out today was pretty poor and pretty weak, obviously there’s a weakness there at the moment and we’re probably on top of it”

After scoring his fourth Test century and helping his side dominate England for a second consecutive day, Australia opening batsman David Warner confidently announced that “England are on the back foot and it does look like they’ve got scared eyes”.

Australia set England a target of 561 runs to win, but after already having lost opening batsman Michael Carberry and Jonathan Trott, the baggy greens are on the verge of taking a 1-0 lead in the series.

Warner also admitted that “the way Trotty got out today was pretty poor and pretty weak”.

“Our bowlers are bowling fast at the moment, England are on the back foot and it does look like they’ve got scared eyes,” Warner said. “The way Trotty got out today was pretty poor and pretty weak, obviously there’s a weakness there at the moment and we’re probably on top of it.”

Warner also noted that Trott needed to work on his sledging skills after the second day was riddled with several incidents of words being exchanged between both sides.

“I think he’s got to get new sledges as well because it’s not working for him at the moment,” Warner said. “Yeah he’s worked hard in the nets on the short ball, we’ve seen him, but facing a 150kph short ball from Mitchell Johnson, the way to go is probably not trying to back away.”

The 27-year-old also praised captain Michael Clarke for scoring his 25th Test century and noted that having a 1-0 lead heading into the second Test in Adelaide would be a real confidence booster for the entire team.

“Obviously getting a one-nil lead in a five-Test series is going to be massive for us,” Warner said. “If Tests were back-to-back it would be quite tough on the English bowlers to try and back up but they’ve got a good break after this. Hopefully we can take the eight wickets tomorrow and go on from there.”

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