Aussies vow to continue their aggressive style of cricketing
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.
ONE DOWN AB de Villiers and Imran Tahir celebrate taking a wicket during a T20 match against England. The Proteas host Australia from Friday