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Australia opening batsman David Warner has played down his verbal spat with India pace bowler Varun Aaron on the fourth day of the first Test in Adelaide.
However, Warner admitted that he might have gone a bit too far with his reaction after he was clean bowled by Aaron off a no-ball.
“It’s just how cricket’s played. When things don’t go your way you sort of get the adrenaline up,” Warner said. “For him to bowl the no-ball and me to come back in and I sort of went at him a little bit, I shouldn’t have, but it got me into another contest and to start again from there. You have to keep riding the rollercoaster as much as you can.”
Warner and Steven Smith were involved in several heated disputes with the Indian players throughout the day. But, tensions rose to an all-time high when Warner ran down from the non-striker’s end to push India stand-in captain Virat Kohli away from Smith.
“I think the world knows that I like to get involved and that’s how I play my cricket,” Warner said. “That’s how it is, I try to take it to them. If I have to be a bit verbal I will and sometimes I cross the line, I’ve got to try not to.”
While Warner was pleased to have scored his second century of the match, he pointed out that he has to start turning “them into double-hundreds”.
When asked if he was in the best form of his life, Warner said: “I haven’t done it before, so I think so. I’ve got to keep riding this rollercoaster and keep doing my job for the team, which is scoring runs at the top. Sometimes there is an advantage but at the top of the order you’ve got to bat as long as you can as big as you can.
“For me now it’s about when I’m getting those hundreds, I’ve got to make big hundreds and turn them into double-hundreds for the team. That’s my next goal, once I’m in I’ve got to try to go big like Michael Clarke did against India last time.
Since he scored two centuries in this Test match, Warner conceded that it brought back memories of when Phillip Hughes, who tragically passed away after being hit by a bouncer, became the youngest player to score a century in both innings of a Test match against South Africa in Durban in March 2009.
“We’ve been seeing the highlights of his back-to-back hundreds in the last week or so and it’s a fitting thing, he’s given me some luck out there today,” he said. “But it’s a memorable thing to get centuries back-to-back and he made two fantastic hundreds in South Africa.”