Warne warns Eng­land

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the up­com­ing Ashes se­ries af­ter re­veal­ing the pair had a run-in dur­ing a net ses­sion in 2009.

Wood, who made his Test de­but against New Zealand last month, is known for play­ing with a smile on his face but he may pro­duce a scowl when Wat­son first strolls to the crease dur­ing the first Test in Cardiff next week.

Speak­ing to a BBC Ra­dio pro­gram hosted by for­mer Eng­land bowler Steve Harmi­son, Wood re­vealed how Wat­son sledged the then19-year-old when he was bowl­ing in the nets to the trav­el­ling Aus­tralian squad.

And it turns out the ar­chi­tect of the blowup be­tween Wat­son and Wood was none other than Michael Hussey.

“The per­son I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to is Shane Wat­son,” Wood said.

“I had a fa­mous in­ci­dent with him in the Durham nets. I re­mem­ber Michael Hussey ask­ing me to bounce Wat­son – to which I wasn’t go­ing to say no.

“I let him have one, he’s gloved it, and he didn’t give me the best of looks.

“Next ball, Hussey said: ‘Give it him again’, so I’ve bumped him again, and this time he’s ab­so­lutely smoked it, picked up the ball, threw it back down the wicket at me, called me a ‘net hero’, and said that he would like to have a go at me.

“Well, he’s go­ing to get his chance, so I’d like to have a go at Shane Wat­son one more time, and let’s hope he re­mem­bers me, be­cause he’s go­ing to get a few more bumpers.”

It’s a brave move for a new­comer to the in­ter­na­tional scene to tell the world he’s go­ing to tar­get a man with a decade of Test cricket ex­pe­ri­ence, but Wood rep­re­sents the grow­ing con­fi­dence in the English squad at the mo­ment.

His two Tests against New Zealand yielded nine wick­ets at an av­er­age of 33.22 and, de­spite his rel­a­tively short stature, the rightarmer is the quick­est bowler in Eng­land’s ar­se­nal.

The 25-year-old is hop­ing his in­ex­pe­ri­ence will end up work­ing in his favour dur­ing the Ashes.

”I’d like to think a few of the Aus­tralians don’t know much about us and aren’t look­ing for­ward to fac­ing me,” Wood said.

Wood also ad­mit­ted he’s pre­pared for a ver­bal bat­tle against the Aussies, de­spite the pos­i­tive vibes that sur­rounded the rel­a­tively sledge-free se­ries against the Black Caps.

“I’ll cer­tainly stand up for my­self if the Aus­tralians have a go, go,” Wood said. “I won’t be tak­ing a back­ward step, but I’ll still be try­ing to have some fun.” — AFP

MICHAEL Clarke of aus­tralia leads his team out dur­ing the 2015 Cricket World Cup match against Scot­land at Bel­lerive oval on March 14 in Ho­bart, aus­tralia.

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