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“I love it when they come at me”
Australia opening batsman David Warner has revealed that he goes into “another gear” after being sledged while batting.
Warner even admitted that he tries to encourage the opposition to sledge him, especially when he is struggling to score runs.
“You don’t always want to play like that but when there is a little bit of pressure on I do find another gear,” Warner said. “It does help me sometimes but I think the other thing is that when I get out there and they start giving me a little bit of banter. I love that. I am in the contest then.
“If they are not going to talk to me when I am out there I will try to niggle them, I will try and say something when I bat. I’ve ventured away from that because now I have given ammo out in the media or in previous games. I love it when they come at me [since] it is a challenge.
“Sometimes I think when I do deliver something in the media I probably do say it in a way where it does get misunderstood. But I’ve been brought up to be honest, I’m always going to continue to be honest and not cross that line. I’ve got to keep working on my ability to do that, and not give you guys ammo to write things.”
Warner also recalls when India opener Virender Sehwag told him that he would be thrive in Test cricket since most of the fielders are inside the 30-yard circle instead of patrolling the boundary.
“It goes back to that conversation I had with Virender Sehwag,” he said. “He said to me I’d be a better Test cricketer than shorter format because all the fielders were in close.
“If you’re going to take on fast bowling and the best bowling in the world you have to try and score runs and with my game I look to attack first before I’m defending and that’s the way I’ve always played my cricket and that’s how I will always play my cricket.
“I do feel respected, and the other thing is they know if they miss their mark that I’m going to start going after them as well. I’ve still got to be careful and respect the bowler in the conditions that we face. With the conditions that we’ve had here, the wickets have probably been batter friendly, but I’ve known my game and trusted my game [so] I can go after the bowlers.”
When asked if he considered himself to be the best opening batsman in Test cricket right now, Warner said: “I’ll let you answer that question. I’m just elated that I’m in good form, I’m probably playing the best cricket I have in my career so far. It’s fantastic to feel like you know when you go out there you can take on the world’s best as I have so far. It’s an amazing feeling but it’ll be even better if we win this game.”