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Despite being in good nick, Warner understands that in English conditions with the ball swinging, he has to be mindful of the moving delivery. @ AFP

David Warner‘s return to the Test arena for the first time after serving 12-month ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal has added more steel to Australia‘s batting as the tourists seek to retain the urn when they lock horns against rivals England in the first Test of the Ashes 2019 series at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Warner, now “hungrier and determined” to play the longer innings, knows that ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 champions England will want to make it a memorable double this summer.

“Yes, it’s a different format. You’d think that they would be coming out with lots of energy and try and obviously knock us off here at home. They would try and rub a bit more salt in (our) wounds and make us go home without winning the World Cup or the Ashes. We know how much pressure they are trying to put us under. Not just with on the field, but off the field as well,” Warner was quoted as saying in The Times of India on Thursday.

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The venue for the first time Edgbaston a ground England have turned into a fortress and have not lost a Test against Australia since 2001, but Warner believes that the boys are much more motivated and eager to avenge their World Cup semi-final defeat at the same venue.

“We will definitely be more motivated. We never like losing a semi-final and we are playing at the same venue as well, so that’s playing at the back of our mind,” he said.

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“We have got a great bunch of boys. We have good classic bowling options and the batters are coming off with some good scores. So, look, we haven’t played against the Duke ball for a while. We have used them at home to try and get a little bit of extra practice (with it). And the guys have combated that (Duke ball) quite well at the (Sheffield) Shield level. We are pretty ready.”

Despite being in good nick, Warner understands that in English conditions with the ball swinging, he has to be mindful of the moving delivery.

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“The ball swings a lot, and the wickets can be conducive to good seam and swing. You’re going to have gaps on either sides of the bat and you are going to get beaten by both sides of your bat. But you trust your instincts, your eye and your patience. You’ve got to keep your cover drives under your nose. You’ve got to be very, very careful,” he explained.


Asked whether he has set any target for the series, he replied: “Just get one run, at first. And just bat time. I know myself in this format. When I bat time, I can put the team in a good position. So, I’ve got to just look to bat to the best of my ability and occupy the crease.”