Australia opener David Warner says he won’t be rooting for England to win the fourth and final Test against India in Ahmedabad.
The Aussies require England to level the series on 2-2 with a victory in order to seal their spot in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
A draw or victory for India in the final encounter will be enough for Virat Kohli’s men to claim their place in the final.
But, despite Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald expressing some willingness to back England, Warner is finding it difficult to support their arch-rivals.
‘I won’t be barracking [rooting] for England. From a cricket perspective, we’d like to see a draw [in the series]. It would be ideal for us to make the World Test Championship final and if that happens it’s a great result for us,’ Warner swiftly commented.
The left-hander has a long confrontational history with England players and supporters, in particular in various Ashes series incidents.
Australia had to fully rely on the outcome of the India/England series after cancelling their three-match Test tour of South Africa, losing out on possible points to make it to the final.
England, however, were eliminated from the race after suffering a massive defeat at the Narendra Modi Stadium within two days last week.
‘[There’s a] bit of self-interest there for us. We’ll be hoping they can do the job there,’ McDonald said about Australia’s interest in the match, starting on Thursday.
‘It’s going to be difficult for them, no doubt, some of the surfaces have been conducive to spin bowling and probably India’s strengths are in their ability to play spin as well. We wish them well. See what unfolds, it’s out of our hands but we’ll be watching along with interest.
‘Think most people have been watching that series with some great interest in terms of the conditions and the short nature of the Tests has been very interesting to watch from afar.’