Cape Town - Australian
opener David Warner has dismissed comments made by Dale Steyn aimed at
him as nothing more than 'fast-bowler talk' ahead of the first Test
against the Proteas at the WACA later this week.
In a far cry from the Warner we have grown accustomed to the aggressive left-hander says he will let his bat do the talking now.
Warner said he'd love for Steyn to get angry at him and come after him with short bowling.
The Oz opener said: "There are 11 players in the team and if Dale wants to start playing that game I'll let him do that.
"For us it's about going out and doing our best, and if he feels that
cutting the head off the snake then everyone else falls apart, I don't
see that happening at all.
"That's the fast-bowler talk, we're not going to entertain those
thoughts or scenarios, we're just going to go out there, back ourselves
and do what we do best. That is (to) play positive cricket.
"We know the conditions we're going to face out here, so hopefully
they do get carried away and start bowling short and fast, because at
the end of the day you've got to bowl at the stumps to get wickets."
Warner has been dubbed 'the reverend' by his teammates for his about turn on verbal altercations in recent times.
The left-hander feels he has matured though saying: "I feel that it's
come more with maturity, that I've started to let my bat do the
"That's what happens when you evolve as a player and you get to a
point where you understand the game well enough. (Kagiso) Rabada spoke
the other day about banter out there and you know he's a young guy
coming through and that's something he gains confidence through.
"I know he said a few words when we were in South Africa, but you
love that as a batsman. I feel now that I let my bat do the talking and
that's all I have to worry about when I'm out there. With the new (ICC)
laws and the demerit points they go for two years, so I can't afford to
sit out a game."