Cannot allow India a sniff on home soil, Warner

Given the task of leading the side in absence of the regular captain, Australia’s stand-in captain David Warner spoke of playing tough and giving India no space to “sniff on home soil."

David Warner at the Barsapara Stadium on Monday.   -  AFP

Given the task of leading the side in absence of the regular captain, Australia’s stand-in captain David Warner spoke of playing tough and giving India no space to “sniff on home soil.” Australia needs to win the second T20I match here at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium to be able to stop India from sweeping the bilateral series. Warner said the only way to do that is to instil belief that, “when we go well we do very, very well.” Weighing the new responsibility in place of an injured Steve Smith, Warner scoffed at the fact that his team has not been able to show the zeal and intensity with which Australia is commonly associated.

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“We have just got to keep playing the game that we know and that’s the brand of cricket that we bring to the table. You can’t worry about is a collapse going to happen because no one is worried about that at all. We have just got to keep going out there and keep backing ourselves 100 per cent,” Warner laid out the recipe for the turnaround.

Warner said the best way to reclaim the lost position is to come hard at the opposition. “No matter what the circumstance is we try and win every game possible. Getting a victory over here is always challenging, it’s going to be tough you have to play to the best of your ability,” Warner said. “If you give India a sniff on your home soil or even away they are going to pounce (on you). You have to be on top of your game to beat an opposition in their country. We’ve got a lot to play for,” said the Australian searching for solutions to the problems plaguing his side.