Aussies vow to con­tinue their ag­gres­sive style of crick­et­ing

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The Proteas can once again ex­pect a ver­bal as­sault from the Aussies when they ar­rive in South Africa for their T20 se­ries.

Aus­tralian vice-cap­tain and opener David Warner of Fri­day said his team would not aban­don their ag­gres­sive ap­proach in the se­ries of three one-day clashes against the home team.

This comes af­ter cap­tain Steve Smith and fast bowler Josh Ha­zle­wood were fined by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) this week for us­ing bad lan­guage in their fi­nal test against New Zealand in Christchurch.

Smith and Ha­zle­wood were pun­ished af­ter they ques­tioned a de­ci­sion by the TV um­pire fol­low­ing his de­ci­sion that gave New Zealand bats­man Kane Wil­liamson a life­line.

“A lot has been said about the team and our ag­gres­sive ap­proach to the game,” Warner told espncricinfo.com.

“Steven has spo­ken to us about that line that we must not cross ... We al­ways try to play the game in the right spirit, but we are pas­sion­ate about the brand of cricket we play and through­out the his­tory of Aus­tralian cricket, we have al­ways been ag­gres­sive.”

Ac­cord­ing to Warner, the team will not de­vi­ate an inch from this when the first T20 is played at Kingsmead in Dur­ban on Fri­day. The Aus­tralians ar­rive in South Africa to­day.

“In the past, the duel be­tween bowlers and bats­men has of­ten been very pas­sion­ate, but nowa­days that spark is al­most com­pletely out of the game,” Warner said.

“We must re­spect the de­ci­sions of the ICC about be­hav­iour on the field, but I have al­ways loved get­ting in­volved in a fight with the bowlers.

“If he gets you out, he has the last laugh; but if you as a bats­man come out on top, that’s your priv­i­lege.”

Aus­tralia won the se­ries against New Zealand 2-0, gain­ing the top slot on the ICC Test rank­ings. The Proteas are now third.

PHOTO: GALLO IM­AGES

ONE DOWN AB de Vil­liers and Imran Tahir cel­e­brate tak­ing a wicket dur­ing a T20 match against Eng­land. The Proteas host Aus­tralia from Fri­day

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