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Warner ultimatum: India already bowled over

india Updated: Jan 14, 2012 00:28 IST
Rohit Bhaskar
Rohit Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
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Brad Haddin's pre-match jibe that India capitulate quicker than any other team in world cricket was laughed off by MS Dhoni & Co. After a bleak Friday, Australia's super centurion David Warner rubbed it in, saying India's body language suggested they had already given up.

"In my mind I think they're bowled over already," said Warner. "Hopefully we can get this Test out of the way, capitalise on the start we've got and win this Test first. We're 2-0 up in the series, hopefully we can put 400-500 runs on the board and bowl them out again. If we can take the series, that will be fantastic. Time will tell if we win 4-0 or 3-0," he said, without the slightest hesitation, just a day into the match which India started still in with a chance to level.

Warner also rubbed in the fact that with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid andVVS Laxman in the twilight of their legendary careers and the new kids failing to step up, the future looked bleak for India.

"The challenge I see for them is I think they need to find out how they can play outside of India," he said. "When Tendulkar leaves and Dravid and those types of blokes retire in a couple of years, where's India cricket going to be in a couple of years? They are going to have to come here and find a way to work hard on green wickets. Time will tell if they can."

Can't bat or sledge
Early into his murderous century, Ishant Sharma and Virat Kohli went up to Warner, and said a few choice words, before umpire Aleem Daar had to intervene. The 'sledge' could hardly be called a sledge, with Warner laughing it off immediately.

"Virat was saying 'talk about your averages' but when we go to India it will be a different story," Warner said. "I turned around and said to him 'we will probably average an extra 10 over in India because the wickets here are a bit lively and the wickets there are a bit flat.' No one has said anything the two previous games. I think a lot of teams know, especially with myself and Ed (Cowan) if you start having a go at us we actually enjoy that and we love the challenge."

Just to prove his point, Warner smashed Ishant for a massive six in the first over he bowled. He also said that getting the Indian batsman out was easy as taking candy from a baby.

"If you bowl the fifth-sixth stump line, they don't like leaving the ball. They like trying to hit every ball as much as possible. Just shows that if we keep fishing out there are going to nick it. And that's exactly what they have been doing."