Australia's David Warner won't give verbals to India's players.
Australia's David Warner won't give verbals to India's players. Rajanish Kakade

Warner to stay quiet in third Test

DAVID Warner may consider unleashing switch hits and reverse sweeps in Ranchi but there will be no verbal backlash against India in the third Test.

The mature vice-captain is happy to let Virat Kohli and his minions be the ones running their mouths off, with Warner admitting he'd be "upset" if Australia had behaved like India has this past week.

Warner was once fined by the ICC for accusing South Africa of ball tampering, yet Kohli has got off scot-free for tarnishing Australia as a team of cheats without providing any proof.

Indian nemesis Ravi Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara have also disrespected Warner by breaking the player code of what happens on the field stays on the field, after posting a sneering video of them trying to boast about their sledging of the opener.

Once upon a time Warner might have relished the chance to go back at India in the field with all guns blazing, but not anymore.

Warner is refusing to come down to India's level and will keep his powder dry, confident some semblance of peace will be restored in the third Test amid news a photo opportunity will be staged pre-Test where the two captains and coaches will shake hands.

"I don't need to respond, not anymore," he said.

"I can only speak on behalf of our Australian cricket team and the way we approach the game and approach the off fields. I'd be pretty upset if one of our players or staff did that.

"But at the end of the day there's going to be a lot of niggles here and there around certain things and I think just a few people got out of hand.

"It's just a rule of the cricketing world you keep everything on the field (regarding Ashwin and Pujara video) ... but that's up to them. From our point of view, we'll never do that.

"I think everyone has reigned it back in again and we're looking forward to getting out to Ranchi and playing a great brand of cricket.

"At the end of the day we're professionals and you have to move on from that stuff. Hopefully both teams will come out and play with the spirit of cricket."

It's back to business as far as Warner is concerned as he battles hard to combat the challenge of India's master spinner Ashwin and try and blow the series open come Thursday.

Ashwin has now had Warner's number on nine occasions in Test cricket, but far from daunted, the superstar opener is devising a game plan he believes can turn strong starts into a breakout innings.

In the nets Warner has moved well, often facing the spinners at practice without pads on in order to fine-tune his footwork and avoid being hit at all costs.

Warner refused to rule out taking an unconventional approach to throwing Ashwin - who virtually bowls the entire day from one end - off his rhythm.

However, he says switch hitting in particular is fraught with danger in India and if one of the most extravagant shots in cricket was to come out, it would be done judiciously.

"The last Test I was contemplating that (switch hits), I tried to play a reverse sweep," Warner said.

"The only concern for me is the variable bounce - that's always the challenging thing.

"If you miss that and switch hit you can still be given out lbw, but if you reverse you can't.

"You have to be careful.

"I know in my mind if I play a shot (Ashwin) will change something. I know if he tries something I'm thinking in the back of my mind, how am I going to score?

"He's a fantastic bowler, he's got a lot of wickets in his backyard and I have to respond to that."

News Corp Australia


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