Australian opening batsman David Warner has voiced his displeasure at the extent of sledging and called for a show of restraint from both his team and India in the concluding Test of a four-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting Tuesday.
Warner was fined after the first match at Adelaide for making provocative comments to Indian pacer Varun Aaron for prematurely celebrating the left-handed batsman’s dismissal, from a no-ball.
He has prominently been involved in unsavoury spats with Indian players, primarily new skipper Virat Kohli.
“Sometimes the way that we celebrate wickets, not just the Indian team but we do it as well,” Warner was quoted as saying Sunday on Cricket Australia’s website.
“Sometimes we’ve all got to be careful not to get over-excited and get in the batsman’s face. Let them walk off, I think the best thing you can do is turn your back and give them the silent treatment when you get them out because you have the last laugh doing it that way.”
Warner said that the hot-headed players could take a leaf out of his book, which he admitted comes as a “surprise” since he is known to pick up a fight verbally at the slightest provocation.
“I know I have to learn, and I’ve learned from that in the past, but I think all of us can take a message from me – which is a surprise,” the 28-year-old said.