David Warner’s docile days are over, with Australia’s vice-captain wanting his team to deliver noise and nastiness during the Ashes.
Warner was a serial sledger early in his international career but has become a far more silent statesman in latter years.
The hard-hitting opener has rarely been cautioned by umpires since his most recent fine, resulting from a heated exchange with India’s Rohit Sharma during a 2015 ODI.
But Warner recently called on his side to find their inner “hatred” of England during the five-Test series that starts on November 23 in Brisbane.
The 30-year-old, who memorably accused England of having “scared eyes” during the 2013-14 series, outlined on Tuesday how he wanted to make life uncomfortable for the tourists.
“That’s something that has sort of fallen out from our game, with bowlers not being able to stare at batters,” Warner said, bemoaning how sanitised the sport had become.
“I love it as a batsman … (if a bowler) gives me a little bit of an earful or something, then it gets you going. It’s exciting – people want to see that.
“Hopefully, there is a bit of banter when we’re out there … we copped a little bit of banter when we were in India. That was exciting – I liked it.
“We just have to be cautious because, sometimes, the ICC and umpires take action over little things … every time I open my mouth, I get a point deducted or I get a fine of some sort, whether I’ve overstepped the line or not.”
The International Cricket Council has cracked down on misbehaviour in recent years, while introducing a points system, although Australia’s Test tour of India earlier this year was marred by a series of send-offs and stoushes.
State of Origin cricket
“I would like to see it like a bit of State of Origin. Let things just flow on and you deal with everything afterwards,” Warner quipped at a promotional event for Asics. “Let a couple of penalties go.”
Warner noted every player needed to be “very, very subtle” because of stump microphones, highlighting Michael Clarke’s infamous sledge from four years ago.
Clarke called on England paceman Jimmy Anderson to “get ready for a broken f–––ing arm” at the Gabba during the first chapter of Australia’s 5-0 series win.
“People turn around and go ‘woah, I wouldn’t have expected that to happen on a cricket field’ but that’s the aggression that happens,” Warner said.
“When it comes to the Ashes, it’s a massive thing for us.”