Warner admits 'regret' over Ashes talk

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David Warner has conceded he may have got carried away when he compared the Ashes to “war” last week and talked of needing to find “hatred” of England when the series begins.

While on one hand saying he would take a subtler approach to sledging in light of the ICC crackdown on on-field behaviour, he notched up the pre-series talk by insisting he would be looking to verbally take on the England players.

Now Warner has acknowledged a degree of “regret” about his choice of words although not the reason behind them.

“I probably regret some of the words I used during the week, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to try and have some inward anger,” Warner said on Channel Nine‘s Sports Sunday. “You’ve got to create a bit of that buzz out there.”

Speaking to ABC Grandstand last week, Warner said: “As soon as you step on that line it’s war. You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition’s eye and try and work out ‘how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him?’ You’ve really got to find that spark in yourself to really take it to the opposition.

“You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them to actually get up when you’re out there. History is a big part in this and that is what carries us onto the ground.”

His comments were called “pathetic” by former England batsman Marcus Trescothick while former captain Michael Vaughan said they were a symptom of the hyped build-up to an Ashes.

“I heard David Warner mention the word ‘war’, I’ve never seen any tanks arrive on a cricket field but these kinds of words come out of people’s mouths as they go into an Ashes series,” Vaughan told ESPNcricinfo.

When asked this week if he thought the Ashes would be a hostile series, Warner added: “I’d like to think so.”

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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