Australia v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 27, 2014

Faulkner needles West Indies ahead of crunch game

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There is already some history between the Australians and Chris Gayle from last year, and James Faulkner's comments ahead of his side's World T20 clash with West Indies has only revived those feelings. Faulkner has said he does not "particularly like" the West Indies players, to which Darren Sammy has replied that the Australia allrounder is probably the only cricketer who does not like the men from the Caribbean.

In his debut series early last year, Faulkner was fined a part of his match fee for shouting in Gayle's direction after dismissing the batsman in Canberra. Faulkner suggested he would not hesitate to do something similar if it helped Australia in what is almost a must-win game for both sides.

"I don't particularly like them," Faulkner said. "Good players are good players. You have to do things to get under their skin and try and irritate them to try and get them off their game. Players do that to me and I do it to other players. It's a fact of the game. A lot of it is played in your mind. If you can do something to upset somebody and upset their team, it goes a long way towards doing well as a group."

Even Brad Haddin and Gayle had had a run-in last year during the Big Bash. When Haddin was dismissed by Gayle, Haddin said that at least then the fans of Gayle's franchise had seen him do something for his money. Gayle had been having a poor tournament with the bat for Sydney Thunder. Gayle had responded with a tweet saying that he was better than Haddin even if he batted right-handed.

When asked whether this background would be added motivation for his team, Sammy pointed to West Indies' big win over Australia in the 2012 World T20 semi-final, and said that if anyone had bragging rights, it was his team.

"The Australians normally have a lot to say. We are here to play cricket. I think probably James is the only cricketer that does not love West Indians. I could safely say West Indies are the second favourite team for the fans. It does not bother us. Talk is talk. We have got to walk the talk out there on the cricket field. He can say all he wants. We are not bothered by it.

"I think the last time we played them in a World Cup we all know what happened. If anybody should be talking probably we should, but I do not want to say that. Once we back ourselves and play like we know how to play T20... they will come with their pace attack. Last time they did that we scored 200 I think.

"We are not threatened by them. It is another game of cricket. Once we play to our full potential... so far in this tournament we have not played to our full potential. Once we do that, we will be very destructive. We were destructive in that semi-final last World Cup."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Time for the the calypso and the Gangnam dance......looking forward to an India V/s WI finals in great spirit.

  • POSTED BY SUNDHUR on | March 30, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    I have always admired the WIs for their skills, dominance and the spirit with which they play cricket. WI is the team to beat in T20! Aus may have picked up skills in all departments and formats of cricket but are yet to prove they are 'gentlemen' of the game. Like the little master SRT has said and demonstrated 100 times, "Let your bat do the talk"!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 29, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Yes saamy West Indies is my second favourite team

  • POSTED BY mushi333 on | March 29, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    what a reply by WI . go go gayle/bravo/sammy/samuels & WI co .

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 29, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Aussies feel they only have right to sledge. Sammy replied fittingly both on and off the field. Salute WI team

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    West Indies may have their moments.....but when it comes to T20 they are the most entertaining players ever

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Thanks Faulkner for firing up the windies engine. You tried to get under their skin... But what you did was brought the jumper cables.. Watch out teams the West Indies is now the team to beat

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    if you had to play for england;you would have been dismissed...

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    I happy to know that some people in the world can live without money and its clear that the WI players make more money than you. We have our right to be cocky, deal with it. West Indies we love you all of YOU! Play the haters no mind!!! Jealousy is everywhere. Australia has to teach themselves a lesson.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 28, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Serves him right

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Time for the the calypso and the Gangnam dance......looking forward to an India V/s WI finals in great spirit.

  • POSTED BY SUNDHUR on | March 30, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    I have always admired the WIs for their skills, dominance and the spirit with which they play cricket. WI is the team to beat in T20! Aus may have picked up skills in all departments and formats of cricket but are yet to prove they are 'gentlemen' of the game. Like the little master SRT has said and demonstrated 100 times, "Let your bat do the talk"!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 29, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Yes saamy West Indies is my second favourite team

  • POSTED BY mushi333 on | March 29, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    what a reply by WI . go go gayle/bravo/sammy/samuels & WI co .

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 29, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Aussies feel they only have right to sledge. Sammy replied fittingly both on and off the field. Salute WI team

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    West Indies may have their moments.....but when it comes to T20 they are the most entertaining players ever

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Thanks Faulkner for firing up the windies engine. You tried to get under their skin... But what you did was brought the jumper cables.. Watch out teams the West Indies is now the team to beat

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 29, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    if you had to play for england;you would have been dismissed...

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    I happy to know that some people in the world can live without money and its clear that the WI players make more money than you. We have our right to be cocky, deal with it. West Indies we love you all of YOU! Play the haters no mind!!! Jealousy is everywhere. Australia has to teach themselves a lesson.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 28, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Serves him right

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 28, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    @first_slip too cocky? Boring? Us West Indians just love our cricket. The Australians are the cocky ones. And boring? Did u watch the match one of the best finishes. I watched the whole game wasn't that boring to me.did u see maxwells reaction when he got caught?? And we play the game because we're good at it and we entertain all crowds not for the money. Did you see the reaction after SAMMY smashed faulkner back over his head with that MASSIVE SIX. What emotion.

  • POSTED BY Shongololo on | March 28, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    What Faulkner would do well to reflect on is that most of the cricketing world find the Australians arrogant, boorish and difficult to warm to.

  • POSTED BY kumarankmca on | March 28, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    @first_slip: Ha ha ha.. hope you would have seen to whom the lesson was taught to?? Grow up dude.. Faulkner's statement was irrelevant and Sammy responded back in action rather than words..

  • POSTED BY Ednann on | March 28, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    i like aussies except some players like shane watsn, faulkner and ponting ? the reason why i don't like ponting i still remember when India and Pakistan were out in some world cup mmmm he said those two teams are not big enough, still world cup is interesting (he said something like that) i don't remember his exact words.

    common aussies please show some sportsman spirit ? Australia is a big name in world cricket. so don't pull down that name by doing such small things...

    i am pakistani but i love all teams even i like india because i am purely cricket lover

  • POSTED BY TheZeus on | March 28, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Like Ramdin would say "Talk nuh Mrs Faulner"....oh boy....I so happy they got beat...I guess Mr Faulkner will think next time before trying to put people off their game....smh!!

  • POSTED BY SajidMirza on | March 28, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Australian want to fight by mouth but West indies said hey lets bat & ball do the talking at ground, and its the right way to fight. Well said and well played WI, i am from Pakistan but surely WI is my favourite team after Pakistan. They enjoy their cricket. Australian may be the pure professional team but this time WI said Gangnam Style.... Again well done WI....

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Where are these folks now. This is no fluke we can hit ball far.

  • POSTED BY crashed on | March 28, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Boy did he got under the Windies skin? Hmmm big time so mhch so that the ausis dont feature in the nexxt round .well done windies well played

  • POSTED BY thozar on | March 28, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    "I could safely say West Indies are the second favourite team for the fans." - Sammy.

    And you would be absolutely right Sammy. Except Aussie fans who hate other teams, every cricket fan in the world loves the West Indies team. On the other hand, no one likes the Aussie team outside of Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Please give Mr. Faulkner as much condiments as possible.... eating nasty words is indeed difficult.

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Apparently Australia could not teach them a lesson....again...maybe Australia should be in the group with England

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | March 28, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Moral of the story. Never ever bad mouth your opponent before the game. You may very well have to eat your own words in front of millions of viewers and this is exactly what Sammy dished out to Faulkner.

    To that arrogance, I say good riddance to the Aussies. Adios or better yet ... goodday!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 28, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    it is a cheap way to get famous in cricket world.....I like Bailey attitude he is a real gentleman and always smiling even toughest moments on the field

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 28, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Mr Faulkner, an ugly statement, I wish not to have supported you guys during your slump. Better for world cricket that you keep loosing your matches, especially ashes, at least you seem to keep these nonsenses away. Otherwise you always consider, treat and comment all others inferior..

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    i dont like australian team and james faulkner just started his career couple of his innings cant take him as a good cricketer................

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | March 28, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Well if it's a popularity contest, which Faulkner seems to think it is, demonstrating a degree of insecurity, then Faulkner would be very far down the list!

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | March 28, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Who is asking James Faulkner who he likes or doesn't?

    This is not a beauty pageant. Even if it was, WI would win on their style quotient, any day! Aussies will struggle to get past Badree and Narine. And what of Santokie that magician?

  • POSTED BY missionbegins2011 on | March 28, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    I guess thats the way AUS has always played their cricket and has given them success too, but a cap needs to be put on this kind of behavior and it should not cross the limits. WI are also not completely fair in their behavior but still not as pompous as AUS. Looking at the match prospects for me AUS are the favorites. They have got some good T20 players and are in form as well. WI as always are reliant on Gayle (which hasnt worked that well till now in this WC), WI really needs their key players to fire in order to win this. 60-40 in favor of AUS

  • POSTED BY GRHinPorts on | March 28, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    I like it...Darren Sammy says: "I could safely say West Indies are the second favourite team for the fans." He's probably right, but has he considered that it might be that since 2000 WI have basically been losing. Most sports fans are happy to cheer for the underdog in a neutral contest. Still is this what WI wants for itself? Think Id rather be with the Aussies loathed and winning. Or is cricket now a popularity contest rather than a sport?

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | March 28, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    A few of the Australians are beginning to believe their own hype. When players from other teams do this, they are called louts. Cricket does not need this kind of pre-match warm-up... do it on the pitch, in which case it is unnecessary, or keep your peace.

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    After the spray he copped at Manuka last year, no wonder he doesn't like them. Everyone has the right to respond in kind!

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    best reply to australian arrogance is bring them down to their knees, on the cricket feild, and watch them critisicising each other in their own team.. like it happenned during their last tour to India..

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | March 28, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    to be honest I dont Like WI players as well, they are too Cocky, and boring and it's clear they are only care about Money, last T20 WC win was a fluke and hope Australia teach them a lesson

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    What a cry baby Faulkner. A couple of good innings and now he thinks he is god! Sammy is right, whether they play good cricket or not, who does not like the West Indians. Get them Sammy & co!

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    this guy has had two innings and a serious mouth on him!!common west indies!!!! blow um gayle!!!

  • POSTED BY AuntyChrist on | March 28, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    I am loving this. This is just the thing the big bear needs to wake up. Careful there aussies. Great contest ahead though.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | March 28, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Some needle once in a while is okay, but I don't like anybody needling the West Indies - the coolest, most respectful, fun chaps playing cricket in the world. Now I hope they get angry and bash the Aussies real good.

    Without any decent spin options, trying to needle such a talented team in these conditions, means two things - you're afraid of them and you have allowed them under your skin already!

    It's not as if the WI are running short of fans! Even in Nepal there will be more WI fans than the whole population of Australia!

  • POSTED BY North02 on | March 28, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Sorry Mr. Faulkner, I believe you're being frustrated of not playing and reason being such comments. Learn something from your captain how to be calm and composed.

  • POSTED BY MurtaMac on | March 28, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    I think its second nature to many Aussies to cry, sledge and kick up a fuss when things don't go their way. Absolute rubbish from Faulkner. I quite like Bailey, not the greatest Aussie cricketer but his demeanor and manners on the park are unlike any Australian cricketer to have played in the last 2 decades.

  • POSTED BY Practical_person on | March 28, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Sledging seems to be cultural phenomenon in Australian cricket. It is a shame that one feels he needs to sledge to win the game rather than focussing on abilities on the field. I thought James Faulkner was a gentleman and very disappointed to read this.

    Richie Benaud's Australia never indulged in sledging and showed us that they are a great team. NZ never sledge and Australia could learn from their trans-tasman neighbours.

    I think culture needs to change at the grassroots level in Australia and sledging should be made abhorrent.

    I am sure there is no support for this from a single Aussie spectator.

  • POSTED BY poorpatriot on | March 28, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    i so far had good opinion about this guy Faulkner but only to understand he is so faulter-ner.. rubbish at its extreme.. no sportiveness means not eligible to play such a good sport. he cannot be called as sportsman without that good spirit.

  • POSTED BY suryaa24 on | March 28, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Im watching cricket morethan 25 years. I'm a Indian fan but still i love W/I because they are the one who never argue with umpires. Such a gem of persons. The Ausiees started their usual tactics. W/I come on...speak with your bat.. all the best......

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | March 28, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    You've just gotta love Jimmy Faulkner!

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    It is sad to read this rubbish from an Australian about the necessity of sledging and then to think of the thousands of Australians who flocked to see and bid farewell to Frank Worrell's great team. that was a series fought hard and true and the dominant ethos was a shared chivalry between the teams. But such concepts mean little in these filthy post-modern times. It should be suffice to say that Faulkner would not have been able to get a place in either team - Benaud's or Worrell's.

    Gary

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | March 28, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    Its funny how every single ill tempered series involves Australia

  • POSTED BY leabertshaw on | March 27, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    it shows you how boyish and immature a player like james faulkner is,it is rather ludicrous for a player of such a professional team that is so highly rated to come out of the blue and make what to me sounded like a hateful remark about a group of guys who where the same kind of professional garb like him and who exclusively make a living the same way he does,to me it is just a matter of lacking of professional courtesy and i think that the sporting press should stop highlighting the remarks that some of these young and cocky players make because all it does is just create animosity and unnecessary divisiveness among great players and teams which does not augurs well for the gentlemanly sport of cricket which we all love

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | March 27, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    As an Aussie I don't understand why these Aussie players keep up with this banter. Maybe they think they can get under the player's skin or like to be hated. I prefer player's who let their performance on the field do the talking as winning or losing a verbal stoush amounts to nothing at the end of the day.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Sorry, as a former die hard fan of the Aussie cricket team I am over this whole sledging rubbish. You are there to play cricket, as a fan of the game I want to see the best cricket from the two teams out there. Perhaps this is why the Ireland/Netherlands game is the game of the series so far for me. It may also be why I prefer the SA and NZ teams, even India and SL, in fact anyone but England and Aus, as every other team go out to the middle and plays hard but fair cricket without any of this sledging rubbish.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | March 27, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    Faulkner wants to get Gayle upset and possibly couple of top order batsmen who can really take the game away from Aus. It is a tactic Aus team uses a lot and it works sometimes even though it is ugly. This is no different than the nonsense players say to each other on the field. The only danger here is that WI has not been firing on all cylinders so far and this may just motivate them to do so and knock Aus out of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    WI will show them... Shame on Aussi

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | March 27, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    Typical Australian behaviour. Disgusting

  • POSTED BY rick333 on | March 27, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Faulkner statement does reveal one thing for sure..he is not 100% confident on his / teams skills that he has to fall back on antics. To justify that show the mentality ingrained in the Aus cricket culture. If the system had wrapped such mentality and clipped this attitude in the age cricket, he would not be shouting from the top of the roof now. This shows that Aus cricket system is a failure.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Falkie ........... crush the entire Windies !! GO AUSSIE !!

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    Australia has by far been the most unpopular team in cricket history and for very good reasons. Faulkner may not "like" West Indies players, but no one outside Australia like any of Australian players for decades. Lehmann has probably given the players all the freedom to say whatever they want to in press conferences- given the kind of stuff Warner says and now this, and it is a shame and embarrassment to cricket when supposed "sportsmen" say the most unsporting things and get away with it.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    This is sort of healthy for the game!

  • POSTED BY degiant on | March 27, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    @hurting_westindian, scoring 2 runs in the last over and winning I will take everyday. In the 2010 WC between AUS and Pak, the AUSSIE LOSS 5 WKS AND SCORE NO RUNS in the final over from Amir and still won. Just remember whom the dwfending champs are.

  • POSTED BY warnerbasher on | March 27, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    When does test cricket return?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 27, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Cricket is supposed to be a gentleman's game but Aussis are the only team without gentlemen. They have been unsportsmanlike throughout history

  • POSTED BY hurting_westindian on | March 27, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Having to resort to sledging is such a childish thing to do and saying that it is part of the game is a totally ridiculous excuse. Quality players will always rise above this but unfortunately WI do not have many quality players only players with big names getting big pay checks. WI batting in the Bangladesh game showed how poor they are at finding the boundaries and were lucky to be given so many because of bad fielding by Bangladesh. But only scoring 2 runs and losing 4 wickets in the last over shows how all they can do is swing their bats wildly. I don't like Aus and don't want them to win this WC but they have better players than WI and will beat them.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | March 27, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    I'm not sure the big deal here - Faulkner isn't saying he dislikes the WI players, just that he doesn't particularly like the players. For example, I don't particularly like Darren Sammy, but I don't particularly dislike him either, and I still respect him as a cricketer. One could argue it's not really James Faulkner's job to "like" the WI players - he's there to beat them at cricket. This isn't a precursor to a twitter feud or a fist fight.

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | March 27, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    There's a reason why everybody has no respect for the Aus team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    I dnt understand y aussi tok so much before the match..absolutely rubbish..

  • POSTED BY JontyG on | March 27, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Love u West Indies.....Beat the Oz's all round the park and send dem packing !!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    xtrafalgarx. Arrogance is only your perception of others, and you make these remarks because they don't do, or say things that pleases you.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    all I hope for is an west indies win action speaks louder than words

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    The aussies are my second best love team after west indies but i have now lost lots of respect for them after faulkner can make apublic statement like that,dont he knows that he is a ambassador. For your country when you are representing. Them shame on you ,all the best west indies love you guys.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Some heat before a potentially big game for this group, love it! Go Windies!

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | March 27, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Australian's sledging goes back a long way. Faulkner, be careful though. It has back fired before - especially against the West Indies. Remember the largest successful 4th innings run chase - the Sarwan and McGrath exchange? Becareful what you wish for. Don't go kicking the Hornet's nest.

  • POSTED BY kelbov on | March 27, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx ..you are probably forgetting who started this whole sledging stuff.. it was your Australians, they are always the ones who starts the verbals, always, if you look at that BBl which you are referring, Samuels was wrong , however, he was toying around a bit, but then to have a legend like Warne behave the way he did was distasteful, imaine you have players like warner who is always on the news for the bad reasons and and you refer to our couple 'spats' like that? its terrible, Faulkner had no right to say what he said, whether he doesnt like them or not, he should keep from the public ear. From what i see the Australians are babies, when its ditched out back they cant take, and the thing is they dont need to sledge, cause most of them are such good players.

  • POSTED BY punterdgr8 on | March 27, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    i'm an indian but i want aus to beat the hell out of us!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 27, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    The West Indies are traditionally well loved, but they didn't carry themselves well when they were here and they caused trouble in Australia when they came for the BBL last year. Pollard got into a couple of heated fights on the field, Gayle got into a few verbal fights and then carried it onto twitter inspite of being in poor form. Then the worst of them all, Marlon Samuel's confrontation with Warne,

    So it was as if the whole of Australia was fed up with them, and it carried onto James Faulkner, simple as that.

    I know everyone likes the Windies, i do too. But i like the Holding's the Richard's, the Sobers', the Roberts'. These new fellas, probaby apart from Sammy, are arrogant and so up themselves it's amazing because they don't have the skill to show for it.

  • POSTED BY YoTanya on | March 27, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    lol Srini, yes most cricket fans seem to dislike the Aussies. It's truly remarkable how one team can inspire so much hate. Have fun Windies :) You make cricket a party!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    aussie are always best and play good cricket. come on aussie lets smash all remaining team and make sure u win against india with big margin

  • POSTED BY shrek8421 on | March 27, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    @srini_Chennai: Likewise to all indian fans from an aussie fan. C'mon Aussie C'mon.

    Faulkner needs to keep it going. All this is just some banter ahead of a big game. Nothing too bad for the game. Keeps it interesting.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Very immature - ish by Faulkner. You are fantastic player.. but avoid arrogance..very early days..

  • POSTED BY ITJOBSUCKS on | March 27, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    If somehow WI can beat AUS, then India will have to win only "1" out of the 2 remaining matches without worrying about NRR & AUS will be out of the WT20!!! It's going to be cracker of a game!!!

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | March 27, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Its alright, James. Most of the cricket world hates australia. I, as an Indian fan have absolutely ZERO respect to australia and their fans. Common WI, smash these aussies!

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  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | March 27, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Its alright, James. Most of the cricket world hates australia. I, as an Indian fan have absolutely ZERO respect to australia and their fans. Common WI, smash these aussies!

  • POSTED BY ITJOBSUCKS on | March 27, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    If somehow WI can beat AUS, then India will have to win only "1" out of the 2 remaining matches without worrying about NRR & AUS will be out of the WT20!!! It's going to be cracker of a game!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Very immature - ish by Faulkner. You are fantastic player.. but avoid arrogance..very early days..

  • POSTED BY shrek8421 on | March 27, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    @srini_Chennai: Likewise to all indian fans from an aussie fan. C'mon Aussie C'mon.

    Faulkner needs to keep it going. All this is just some banter ahead of a big game. Nothing too bad for the game. Keeps it interesting.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    aussie are always best and play good cricket. come on aussie lets smash all remaining team and make sure u win against india with big margin

  • POSTED BY YoTanya on | March 27, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    lol Srini, yes most cricket fans seem to dislike the Aussies. It's truly remarkable how one team can inspire so much hate. Have fun Windies :) You make cricket a party!

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 27, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    The West Indies are traditionally well loved, but they didn't carry themselves well when they were here and they caused trouble in Australia when they came for the BBL last year. Pollard got into a couple of heated fights on the field, Gayle got into a few verbal fights and then carried it onto twitter inspite of being in poor form. Then the worst of them all, Marlon Samuel's confrontation with Warne,

    So it was as if the whole of Australia was fed up with them, and it carried onto James Faulkner, simple as that.

    I know everyone likes the Windies, i do too. But i like the Holding's the Richard's, the Sobers', the Roberts'. These new fellas, probaby apart from Sammy, are arrogant and so up themselves it's amazing because they don't have the skill to show for it.

  • POSTED BY punterdgr8 on | March 27, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    i'm an indian but i want aus to beat the hell out of us!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY kelbov on | March 27, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx ..you are probably forgetting who started this whole sledging stuff.. it was your Australians, they are always the ones who starts the verbals, always, if you look at that BBl which you are referring, Samuels was wrong , however, he was toying around a bit, but then to have a legend like Warne behave the way he did was distasteful, imaine you have players like warner who is always on the news for the bad reasons and and you refer to our couple 'spats' like that? its terrible, Faulkner had no right to say what he said, whether he doesnt like them or not, he should keep from the public ear. From what i see the Australians are babies, when its ditched out back they cant take, and the thing is they dont need to sledge, cause most of them are such good players.

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | March 27, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Australian's sledging goes back a long way. Faulkner, be careful though. It has back fired before - especially against the West Indies. Remember the largest successful 4th innings run chase - the Sarwan and McGrath exchange? Becareful what you wish for. Don't go kicking the Hornet's nest.