Vice-captain of the Australian cricket team David Warner has promised sincere 'hatred' and 'war' when the Aussies meet England in Brisbane on November 23.
Much like the 30-year-old's very similar comments four years ago, pointing out that England had 'scared eyes' in their 381-run first Test defeat to the Australian side, he is eager for this winter's hosts to get into the right mindset.
“As soon as you step on that line it’s war. You try to get in a battle as quick as you can," Warner said, as per The Mirror.
“I try to look in the opposition’s eyes and work out, ‘How can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him?’
“You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them when you get out there. History is a big part in this, and that’s what carries us on to the ground.
“Four years ago, during that first Test, I made some statements in the media, and at the time I thought it was a great thing to come out and speak what I said.
“I have no regrets about that, and I think it could have played a little bit of a role in the back of their minds.
“At the moment I’m not going to put any vibes out there or get involved in a verbal stoush – but come day one in Brisbane, there will definitely be some words exchanged.”
It is bound to be a busy series for Warner, who has been no stranger to the spotlight in recent years for his behaviour towards the English squad, particularly since he threw a punch at the now England captain Joe Root in a Birmingham bar in 2013.
These comments follow up with fellow Australian squad member Pat Cummins' warning that the English top order batsmen should prepare for some fierce short-pitched bowling when the series gets underway on November 23.