Ahead of the Ashes, David Warner has said that he often looks into the English players' eyes and tries to work himself up so as to perform better against them. Warner also added that the Aussie pacers would hold the key to the Ashes, just as they had done in 2013 where Australia whitewashed England.
David Warner, who averages a cool 44.95 against England, claimed that the oldest rivalry in cricket turns in to a full-fledged war when the two teams take the field for the first Test. Warner also revealed that he tried to work himself to gain some extra motivation during the matches.
“The history, the pride that is at stake. As soon as you step on that line it's war,” Warner told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition's eye and work out how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him.
“You've got to find that spark in yourself to really take it to the opposition. You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to get some sort of hatred about them.”
In 2013, Warner who had famously said that England had “scared eyes” while facing the Aussie pacers. With the current Australian setup boasting of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Jackson Bird, Warner stated that they held the key to Australia's success.
“I can tell you now I'm very scared when it comes to the nets,” Warner added.
“So hopefully they (England) are scared because it is challenging facing our guys.
“It'll be interesting. They'll have to cope with that, they know it's coming. Our quicks have been saying that.
“They (Starc and Cummins) can certainly enforce some problems... especially for their middle and lower order on the bouncy tracks. They didn't like it last time.”