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Warner attacks McCullum over Ashes comments

David Warner will return to action after recovering from a fractured thumb.
David Warner will return to action after recovering from a fractured thumb.
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Australian vice-captain, David Warner has come down strongly against the comments made by New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum during the 2015 Ashes series.

Earlier this year, during the 2015 Ashes in England, McCullum penned a column in which he stated that Warner “needs to show more respect”.

This was during the first Test match at Cardiff where Warner is alleged to have not applauded the century of Joe Root.

Later in the tour, McCullum also criticised Australian captain Steven Smith over his decision to uphold the appeal of obstructing the field against Ben Stokes during the One-Day International series.

Leaving no stone unturned, Warner criticised McCullum by stating that the New Zealand skipper does not know what it is like to play in an Ashes series.

"I don't quite understand how a current cricket captain decides to play this brand of cricket on the field which is the Mr Nice Guys and then all of a sudden think he can comment on the way an Ashes series has panned out," Warner began.

"Because one, he's never played in an Ashes series and two, he doesn't know what it's like to play in an Ashes series.

"It's what we do out there, we play against England, we play an Ashes series.

"He should actually just watch the game and try and work out what they have to do to try and beat us instead of commenting on it.

"That's something I've found a bit weird at the time.

“But at the end of the day he wanted to do that and obviously he got paid for it."

Australia are known for their aggressive approach to cricket which includes sledging - a tactic that has found them in hot water more than once.

New Zealand on the other hand, under the captaincy of McCullum, have gained a reputation for playing a clean and attractive brand of cricket.

Adding that it was Australia’s goal to play to win matches, Warner observed that teams don’t play cricket to win accolades for showing the right spirit.

The 29-year-old left-hander also made it clear that the goal of the Australian team was to win matches and reclaim the top spot across all the formats of the game.

"At the end of the day you're not playing for the spirit of cricket award are you?

“You're playing for a series and for us that's what our goal is, is to win the series.

"Our goal is to be number one in all formats (of cricket) and we're always going to fight for that.

"We're going to try our best and work as hard as we can to be number one in all formats but at the end of the day we try not to cross that line.

"A couple of times we've head-butted it, a couple of times we might have crossed it but we've got to try and win every game possible and that's what we try and do."

Admitting that sledging incidents happen in the spur of the moment, Warner revealed that Australia will continue to play aggressively while trying to remain within the limits.

"I think the heat of the battle when you're out there obviously the adrenalin is pumping and (after) a couple of the wickets I know the bowlers like to, they ooze and they feel they can actually be in your face a bit more and it probably looks a bit different on TV compared to when you're out there.

"If I bowled 150km/h I'd probably get fined every game.

"The guys are still going to stay aggressive that's for sure, but I don't think much is going to be said anyway."

Australia will face New Zealand in the first Test of the three-match series which gets underway on 5th November at The Gabba in Brisbane.

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