ICC World Cup: James Faulkner expects sledging in intense semis tie vs India

Sydney: The Australians thrive on lip service as was evident in the Test series against India that preceded the World Cup here. And according to James Faulkner, there will be more tough talk out in the middle when the hosts take on the defending champions in Thursday's mouth-watering World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Aussie James Faulkner bowls a slower ball vs SL on March 8. Pic/Getty Images
Aussie James Faulkner bowls a slower ball vs SL on March 8. Pic/Getty Images 

"I think that (sledging) is always going to be in the game and if it isn't then you've got problems," Faulkner told reporters ahead of a team training session at the SCG yesterday.

There were quite a few incidents of heated exchanges in the four-Test series between the Indians and the Australians.

Heated Test series
Some players including India batsmen Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and pacer Ishant Sharma besides Aussies David Warner and Mitchell Starc were pulled up by the authorities too. However, there will be no let-up in the battle for a spot in the World Cup finale in three days' time, said Faulkner.

"It is the nature of the game, it is the semi-final. It is going to be cut-throat. "There are going to be words said. It is going to be a really tough contest and both teams and I suppose no team will be backing down," said the 24year-old all-rounder.

The International Cricket Council recently fined Australia's Shane Watson and Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz for indulging in a heated verbal war in the quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval.

Faulkner though felt that the Watson-Riaz encounter was in good spirit. "I thought it was a very good contest and it was all in good spirit and a great spectacle," said the Tasmanian.

With high intensity expected from both semi-finalists, Faulkner promised a sporting spectacle at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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