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Australia opener David Warner has announced that the Baggy Greens will put New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum under so much pressure that he will have a “brain explosion” during their World Cup clash on February 28 in Auckland.
Warner’s comments come after McCullum broke the record for the fastest half-century in World Cup history during his side’s eight-wicket win over England.
“I think a lot of people have seen in the last 10 years how Brendon McCullum can bat,” Warner said. “It’s not by fluke or by chance he’s come out and scored the runs he has. He’s had a great last 12 months but at the end of the day he’s one player out of the rest of their team.
“I haven’t played much against him. But he seems like a great guy. I think a lot of the guys know him off the field. He seems like a great, humble guy. But when we walk on the field it’s going to be a different story.
“If he nicks them we’ve got to catch them. If they bowl the right line and lengths we’ll get him out. He’s a player who can come down the wicket, use the off side well. We’ve got to back our strengths. If we bowl well to him, we’ll create the pressure and he’ll have a brain explosion.”
With the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy up for grabs on Saturday as well, Warner knows what kind of reception the Baggy Greens will receive from the fans in Auckland.
“I hope they come out and boo us and give us crap like they always do,” Warner said. “That’s what’s going to happen. We love it, it gets us up and going, gets the adrenaline going for sure.
“I love it. You get some obscure swear words and a couple of things thrown at you, but that’s what you expect when you come here. It’s happened before. It’s probably going to happen again. But I embrace it. They can give it to me as much as they want. I’ll just get it on board and let my bat do the talking.”