Now what would Ashes be without the ‘war of words’, right? With the iconic 4?5-matvh test series between two age old rivals Australia & England just weeks away, the mental battle is well & truly underway. Few days ago, Australian opener David Warner termed the upcoming Ashes series as ‘war’ between the two nations. After various debates & criticisms of Warner, it is the English skipeer Joe Root who has weighed in on the topic with his verdict. Root believes Warner is trying to take the series to ‘extreme’ levels whereas this is no such case.
When quizzed about what the Ashes meant to him; Warner said, “The history, the pride that is at stake. 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 work out how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him. You’ve got to find that spark in yourself to really take it to the opposition. You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to get some sort of hatred about them.”
Root has replied to his opponent by saying, “I wouldn’t say that’s exactly how I go about it. It’s a competitive sport, everyone goes out there desperate to do well, desperate to win, I would never refer to it as war, I think that’s a bit extreme. You know what you get with David. What you see is what you get. He’s passionate, he wants to do well for his country and it’s going to be a very entertaining series”.
The first match kicks off on November 23rd in Brisbane.