Warner rips into Broad, Pietersen ahead of return Ashes

AFP| Last Updated: Nov 20, 2013, 18:19 PM IST

Brisbane: Australia batsman David Warner has spiced up the war of words before Thursday`s opening Ashes Test by telling England fast bowler Stuart Broad to "stop having a sook".

Warner, who has earned a bad boy reputation for punching England batsman Joe Root in a nightclub and engaging in a Twitter war with journalists, has also taken a pot shot at England batsman Kevin Pietersen and his ego.

Broad has gained notoriety in Australia after he refused to walk after being caught off a thick edge during the last series in England, and has been a constant talking point in the lead-up to the Gabba Test.

He reacted angrily on Twitter on Monday to accusations he took offence to some choice words from members at the Sydney Cricket Ground last week during a tour match.

Broad strongly denied two spectators were ejected at the request of the England team, but Warner said he needed to lighten up.

"He`s already complaining and having a sook (sulk)," Warner told reporters Wednesday, using an Australian term for someone who is acting like a cry-baby.

"He can expect a lot. If you have a good laugh and enjoy it, people get behind you.

"That`s what happened with me in England."

Warner was given a roasting by England supporters and gave it back to them in Manchester during the July-August series, his first match since being suspended for punching Root in a Birmingham nightclub.

Warner was also forthright when asked for his take on Pietersen ahead of his 100th Test match at the Gabba.

"He`s already talking his garbage, but that`s how he is," Warner said. "He lets his ego take over and he thrives on that.

"We`re here to spoil it (Pietersen`s 100th Test) and I reckon we will."

England captain Alastair Cook gave his support to Broad, saying he liked his feisty style.

"He`s a very combative character, he`s an in-your-face type of cricketer. I like that about him," Cook said Wednesday.

"Anytime you set him a challenge he has stood up and delivered.

"He`s done that a number of times for an England team. He`s got the ability to change games very quickly. He`s had a good preparation, he looks in fine fettle with the ball and he`s raring to go."