Australian opener David Warner today said he will not back down from playing his shots against Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin despite the many risks involved in such an approach.
Ashwin has already got the better of Warner three out of four times in the ongoing Test series, which is locked 1-1 right now.
“He has got me now on nine occasions so credit to him for that,” Warner told the Australian media on Friday.
Ashwin bowled Warner in the first innings of the second Test with a sharp away turner from over the wicket before trapping him in front of the stumps in the second innings.
“The last Test I was contemplating that (switch hits), I tried to play a reverse sweep. The only concern for me is the variable bounce, that’s always the challenging thing,” he said.
Getting the switch hit into play is one way of disturbing Ashwin’s rhythm but on Indian wickets, but that ploy is fraught with danger, feels Warner.
“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 (against Ashwin), he 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,” said the dangerous opener.
The star spinner has put the opposition batsmen, including Warner, under severe pressure and the constant chatter from close-in fielders has only added fuel to the fire. Warner claimed that he has stopped responding to sledging.
“I don’t need to respond, not anymore (to sledging),” said Warner, who was once fined by the ICC for accusing South Africa of ball tampering.
“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.”
Warner was also asked to respond to Pujara’s post-match comments in a video posted by the BCCI. Pujara alongside skipper Virat Kohli was not shy of having a word or two with the incoming batsman.
“It’s just a rule of the cricketing world you keep everything on the field but that’s up to them. From our point of view, we’ll never do that,” said Warner.