All-rounder James Faulkner believes there will be a war of words between Australian and Indian players during Thursday’s World Cup semi-final at the SCG.
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The Test series between the two sides was overshadowed by constant niggle between the two sides, and Faulkner does not expect it to be any different in front of a sold-out Sydney crowd.
“There are going to be words said and it’s going to be a really tough contest,” Faulkner is quoted as saying by AFP.
“I think there is always sledging in the game. If there is not, you’ve got problems. It’s the nature of the game. It’s a semi-final. Cut throat. Neither team will be backing down.”
Fiery Australia batsman David Warner was one of the main culprits after being reported in both the Test and one-day series against India, but teammate Glenn Maxwell says he has since quietened down.
“He is fine,” Maxwell said.
“He does not say much — anymore.”
Warner caused a storm after telling Indian batsman Rohit Sharma to “speak English” during the one-day series, while India skipper Virat Kohli was also charged for poor behaviour by the ICC.