David Warner believes the entire team is capable of doing well    Getty Images
David Warner believes the entire team is capable of doing well Getty Images

As Australia prepare for the upcoming Test series with South Africa down under, hosts opener David Warner snubs Dale Steyn‘s ‘fast-bowler talk’. The Proteas speedster earlier said that his team will aim skipper Steven Smith and his deputy Warner which will help them take down the team easily. Warner replied to Steyn’s claims saying he believes that the team as a whole is well-prepared and that these tactics are not likely to work. The two teams will play three Tests while the visitors will be confident, having won a five-match One-Day International (ODI) with a clean sweep recently. READ: Visitors to target Steven Smith, says Dale Steyn

Talking to sportal.co.nz, Warner said, “There’s 11 players in the team and if Dale wants to start playing that game then I’ll let him do that. For us it’s about going out there and doing our best and if he feels [it’s a case of] cutting the head off the snake and then everyone else falls apart, I don’t see that happening at all. That’s the fast bowler talk. We’re not going to go into that, not going to entertain those thoughts or scenarios. We’re just going to go out there and back ourselves and do what we do best, and that’s play positive cricket.”

“I feel now that I sort of let my batting do the talking and that’s all I have to concentrate on and worry about when I’m out there,” he added.


He also spoke about the home side advantage that Australia ill enjoy. “We know the conditions we’re going to face out here. Hopefully they do get carried away and start bowling short and fast, because at the end of the day you’ve got to bowl at the stumps to get wickets. I think traditionally over the last four or five years since I’ve been playing here, it [the WACA pitch] has probably lost that zip.

“We go back a couple of years, we played South Africa in back-to-back one-dayers here and it had nice bounce and carry. When you walk out there and you see that sort of sheen at the WACA, you know it’s going to be a fast wicket. We’re hoping to see that, because we love that contest with bat and ball.”