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"AS SOON AS YOU STEP ON THAT LINE IT'S WAR" - DAVID WARNER

Australia opener ramps up the fighting talk...

David Warner has fired some early shots in the inevitable war of words that proceeds the actual contest itself.

Speaking on ABC Grandstand Warner said: "As soon as you step on that line it's war.

“You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition’s eyes and try and work out: ‘How can I dislike this player? How can I get on top of him?’

"You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them to actually get up when you're out there. History is a big part in this and that is what carries us onto the ground."

"You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them"

The vice-captain's warning shots follow those of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc.

Starc stoked the flames of Ben Stokes' current situation, stating: "I guess I'd love if he was out here. I'd love for the Australian crowd to get stuck into him the way the Poms (English) get stuck into our blokes over there.” 

His fellow paceman Cummins set the tone with a message to England's batsmen: “Hope you practise your bouncers, because we'll be bowling a lot of them.”

Over to you, England.